Linda Yoshizawa | "Tree of Songs"

Linda Yoshizawa

www.lindayoshizawaimpressions.com

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Linda attended Pomona College in Claremont, Calfornia where she received her BA in studio art. She studied printmaking at Santa Monica City College as well as the UCLA Extension. As a member of a serigraph workshop in Pacific Palisades she produced limited edition silkscreen prints for several years. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area she joined the Lafayette Printmaking Workshop where she started experimenting with water-soluble inks to create monotype/collage prints. Linda now works on her own etching press in her studio in San Ramon. 

Blair works in woodcut and etching, using traditional techniques.  Her interest lies with mark-making that is in tune with her material - whether it be copper or wood.  The woodcuts are typically monoprints.  Her vocabulary includes abstraction, small editions, serial presentation, simplificiation, images emergent from process.  Her most frequent subjects are weather and the landscape. The 2017 installation "Salamander Parade" included oversize etchings and is her first figurative work.  
Joseph Vorgity is a contemporary realist watercolorist and printmaker. His still life, landscape, and figurative subject matter are recongnized by strong flat areas of color with sharp lines to delineate shapes. Some themes are narrative, others have a surreal quality while many are created primarily for their beauty and visual impact.  Some of the figurative pieces are modeled after traditional religious pictures of saints and deities while others are related to figures in Japanese woodblock prints of the early 20th century. His strongest influences come from the American Precisionist Movement, the Arts and Craft Movement, and from Japonisme.    A majority of Vorgity's woodblock prints are made in the Provincetown white line style. Multi-color prints are pulled from one matrix block with a white line separating each color shape. The prints area hand rendered with watercolor giving them the visual quality of paintings.  Each white line print has an anticipated edition of 50. Vorgity was introduced to the method in 1982 by Ferol Sibley Warthen, a major proponent of the technique in Provincetown.    Joseph also produces traditional limited edition multi-color woodblock prints, and Japanese moku hanga woodblock prints. He studied the Japanese technique with Takuji Hamanaka, Matthew Brown, and William Paden.     Having first studied advertising and illustration in his home town of Philadelphia, Vorgity moved to New York City in 1978 to attend the painting program at the School of Visual Arts. Don Nice, Don Eddy, and Elizabeth Murray were influential teachers. He holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and later received a Master's Degree from Fordham University. Joseph was an educator on the elementary and secondary levels for 18 years. He has also worked for the wardrobe departments of Broadway and Opera productions. He was featured in an article about his woodblock prints in the October 1999 issue of American Artist Magazine. 
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