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Recent block prints, woodcuts, paintings and photographs.

Michael Smith Artist


Michael Smith 
In block printing, I tend to create tight compositions that focus the viewer’s attention on the subject but still allow for the wonderful variety of “marks” that can be made through the carving and printing process to become a textural attribute. This with the highly graphical tendencies of block printing can give most images a weighty feeling. In this medium, objects that are soft tend to become rigid and angular. When subjects start with a sense of foreboding, it is only exaggerated. I was initially introduced to block printing while studying Vincent Van Gogh and the influences of the Japanese woodcuts that were finding their way to Europe. With further study, I fell in love with the works of the German Expressionists like Käthe Kollwitz and Ernst...


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Vancouver, WA
United States


Block Prints and Woodcuts Block printing is a process were a plate is drawn on and then carved. The raised area that remains accepts the ink and is printed on paper. For multicolor images, a series of images are printed with the first color.
The Process of creating Multicolored Prints Many people have asked me about the process of creating multicolored prints. I have started this gallery to help show the process. By clicking on the arrows below the images you show be able to scroll between the layers of ink and watch the print develop.
Drypoint Etching Drypoint Etching is a style of etching were a plate, typically copper, is etched using a hardened stylist. The stylist creates a raised burr on the plate.
Color Photography This gallery houses a collection of my color photographs taken from various trips and travels. All are take with a traditional non-digital SLR camera.
Photo Experiments Here is a collection of works that represent some of the new directions and ideas that I am pursuing. Being that some of these ideas are still in the "experimental" stages, feel free to give any constructive criticism, thoughts or reflections.
Blackbird Fly These images were taken with my TLR Blackbird Fly. Images were shot with cross-processed slide film or traditional negatives. Enjoy
Charcoals Most of these Images are 18" x 24". For more information about ordering prints or originals of these images the artist through the website.
Large Scale Portrait Project The Large Scale Portrait Project is an extension of my on-going series of charcoal portraits featuring people that many of us see everyday. The subjects are taken from our local downtown area - residents and business owners- as a sort of homage to the people working to make a more vibrant and livable downtown area. As more and more of these smaller portraits were created, I desired to experience the effect and power of a portrait that has been monumentalized.
HeArts of Clark County The HeArts of Clark County was a fundraising project for the Heart and Vascular Surgical Theater at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Thirty HeArts were created by various artists and then auctioned off to community members and businesses.


3rd Annual Clark County Open Studio Tour!
This weekend, we will be a part of the 3rd Annual Open Studio Tour. We will be open on Nov. 14th and 15th from 10am to 5pm. Please join us for some great art and conversations! Studio Address: 1005 Main St. #7 Vancouver, Wa Hope to see you there!

2nd Annual Clark County Open Studios Tour
50 Incredible Artist from the greater Clark County Area.

Its been a busy couple of months!
Michael Smith's upcoming shows

Endgame - Permanent Collection - Maryhill Museum Of Art
I am excited to announce that the Maryhill Museum of Art has requested Endgame be a part of their permanent collection. Located in the beautiful Columbia Gorge, Maryhill Museum has an extensive collection of Rodin, Loie Fuller, Marie Queen of Romania, Orthodox Icons, International Chess Sets, and Native American Arts. In the past two years, they have exhibited shows by Ansel Adams, Hudson River School, Andy Warhol and many more.

Featured Exhibition at Sixth Street Gallery
7/1/09-7/31/09 (Artist Reception 7/3/09, 5-9 pm) Sixth Street Gallery   Michael explores various forms of expression and acts of overcoming adversity in his recent work. Gathering inspiration from Greek, folk and contemporary stories, this new series looks to connect the viewer to these timeless themes.   Sixth Street Gallery 105 W. 6 th St.

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