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Opening: Craig Stover - Prints

  • Jed Williams Gallery 615 Bainbridge Street Philadelphia, PA, 19147 United States (map)
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Join us for our Opening Reception on Saturday October 7 from 5pm-7pm as we celebrate the coming of Fall with the work of Craig Stover, in our first-ever exhibitdevoted exclusively to printmaking.

 

JED WILLIAMS GALLERY is proud and excited to announce its first exhibition of the work of CRAIG STOVER. Stover will wallpaper the gallery space with over 150 unique, one-of-a-kind linocut prints, often made with a reduction process using just one plate. In this process, each print is a unique Artist Proof and there is no official edition of any of the images since the plate itself gets destroyed in the process.

 

This is Craig Stover’s first all-print exhibition and all of the works show stem from this newfound interest in the technique of linocuts.

 

About Craig Stover:

Many people know of Craig Stover as a painter, printmaker and sculptor while others know him as the Executive Director of Allens Lane Art Center in Philadelphia. In either context, Craig has found a way to use his imagination, creativity and skills to engage a wide audience of people into the arts. His love of the arts and the impact it has on audiences is a prime driver in his life and he relishes in the idea that it will always be a part of who he is.

Stover's imagery, from surrealist landscapes and figures to his more recent return to pure abstraction, all have a hidden autobiographical element built within them. His interest in art history also gives viewers glances of references to other artists and artistic movements within his work. His work reveals his love of art, his love of art history and his love of the materials art is made from.

Stover fell in love with printmaking in his teen years and has been producing works ever since. Around 2010, he began extensively exploring the use of linocuts and has produced several different series of works which continues to this day. Rather than using the printmaking technique to make multiple editions, he is using printmaking to make unique artist proofs by varying the colors and sequences in which they are applied. In this way, he's using printmaking more as a way of making unique works of art while allowing him the freedom to experiment with color.

Stover's recent showings include exhibitions at Cerulean Arts Gallery. While pursuing his art career, he has also worked with many prominent Philadelphia arts organizations such as the Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Avenue of the Arts, the Snyderman-Works Galleries, CFEVA and the Woodmere Museum of Art.

Artist website: www.picturemaker.com