My journey into printmaking is informed by early work in the screen-printing industry. After graduating from the University of Oregon in Fine and Applied arts, I went to work at Bay Street Productions in Oregon as a color matcher and screen-printer for fine custom wallpapers. From there I’ve built a busy full time studio practice, making art daily. In addition to printmaking, I work in painting, ceramics, jewelry, fabric and combined techniques.The ancient tradition of the print is always at the heart of the work. Now decades into this journey, the pleasure of process and a newfound freedom with materials and techniques keeps it all moving into new territory. I make prints not as copies or reproductions at all. Silkscreen yields the jazzy and juicy layers of color, and clear shapes. Intaglio and monotype renders deep blacks of varying densities and values. Chine collé provides “moving parts” in the form of favored shapes and colors. Layering of colors, use of multiple plates, evolving plates, and marks allows the medium to “talk back” at some point. I treat printmaking as an open ended and ongoing investigation into a hidden world.Most recently I have established screen-printing courses at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington, and at the Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland, Washington. In 2014 I taught a reduction screen-print workshop in Venice, Italy at the Scuola di Grafica. I worked in 2015 at the Skopelos Foundation in Greece. I am an active member of Print Arts Northwest, Seattle Print Arts, and Los Angeles Printmakers Society. Many of the hand-printed silkscreen prints are placed in national and international collections. At present my studios in Kirkland Washington, and in Downtown Los Angeles are open by appointment.While all this history is of value, real life is lived in the joy of process, in a world of visual wonder. My mission is to continue to share it, and to live it fully every day.
Mary Sherwood Brock was born in Washington, DC and attended the Boston Museum School and Tufts
University graduating with a BFA in 1978. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles and
graduated with an MFA in painting from UCLA in 1992.She has been awarded two traveling scholarships, a Visual Artist Fellowship from the NEA, a Printmaking
Fellowship and Painting award from the Artist Foundation of Massachusetts and UCLA Graduate award. She was a
founding partner of the Artist Proof Cooperative Print Studio in Cambridge MA, which
was honored for it’s contribution to the painterly print by the Boston Public Library in
2000 with an exhibition and catalog; “Proof in Print; a Community of Printmaking
Studios”.She has exhibited her painting and prints in numerous international and national
exhibitions focusing on printmaking since 1980. In recent years she has curated exhibitions researching the history of printmaking in Los
Angeles. “Connections; LA Printmaking 1962-1973” at the Los Angeles Municipal Art
Gallery as part of the LA Printmaking Society’s 20th National in 2010 and brought together 34 significant works from artists who came to prominence in LA in the 1960’s.
In 2013, “Leonard Edmondson” she curated and wrote the catalog for a retrospective of the paintings and prints of this influential
teaching artist at CSUN Art Gallery. In 2014 at the LA Print Space “the press is my
paintbrush” presented work from two master print shops, both artists in their own
right; John Greco of Josephine Press and Francesco Siqueiros of El Nopal Press.She has taught printmaking at the Boston Museum School, Otis College of Art and Design and Loyola Marymount University and continues her
research on the impact of printmaking as an art form for the LA Printmaking
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!