Walter Askin, painter,
printmaker, sculptor, and teacher, was born in Pasadena, California on
12 September 1929. He studied sculpture, painting, and printmaking at
the Pasadena City College where one of his mentors was Leonard
Edmondson. Askin went on to study at the University of California,
Berkeley where he earned his BA and MA degrees.
began his lengthy teaching career in 1956 at the California State
University, Los Angeles where he became Professor of art. He was also a
visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley; the
California State University, Long Beach; and the University of Hawaii.
He served on the board of directors of Pasadena Art Museum; Los Angeles
Institute of Contemporary Art; and the Baxter Art Gallery, California
Institute of Technology.
is member of College Art Association of America and one if the originalk members of Los Angeles Printmaking. He was honored with awards for his teaching and his art and
his work is represented in the collections of the Albright-Knox
Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the
Kunstlerhaus, Vienna; the Oxford Museum of Modern Art, England; and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
In creating my collagraph prints, I utilize experiences available to me with a diverse array of materials and techniques to create a visual feast. I draw inspiration from the beauty of the Pacific, the rolling vineyards of France, the patches of tulip farms in Holland, from the intensity and colors of India, and the urban and suburban landscapes of California. These impressions are combined on my inked plates with handmade papers collected from Japan, France, India, Nepal and Thailand. I cut, scratch, adhere, mold and manipulate materials onto my plates without conventional limitations. By producing prints using everyday mundane materials, I am placing my work in an entirely new context, with the goal of challenging and changing the viewer’s perceptions. In an age of extremes, wealth and poverty, peace and discord, technology and ecology, my art strives for a universal landscape of harmony, blending cultural decorative motifs, color, texture and pattern.
In 2002, Sylvia completed her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at Vermont College of Norwich University. She has been awarded Artist’s Residency status in Ireland, and is a member of Cork Printmakers. She currently lives in Ithaca, New York where she works as a full-time studio artist.
Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art” with Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala
Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 1-4, 2020.
The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe! This unique collaborative art project will continue to grow and travel. Help us find the next venues! And stay posted on all the news when you follow the ImMigration project on Facebook and Instagram!