Monday, 11 August 2008

Graphica Creativa

Recently I had reason to visit the website of Graphica Creativa, based in Finland and I came across these two Finnish printmakers making prints in a tradigital manner.

Grafica Creativa’s website lately does not seem to be functioning properly although it ought to contain archives of the numerous triennial events that it has presented.?
I cannot remember how exactly I found these but none the less here they are.
I seem to have the recollection that they were featured in Grafica Creativa 2005

In 2005, they celebrated their 30th Anniversary and presented their 11th International Print Trienial. There were four exhibitions on that occassion, Ritva-Liisa Virtanen and Jokke Saharinen featured in one of the events called Finnish Open". It was held at the Jyväskylä Art Museum.

Ritva-Liisa Virtanen

Ritva-Liisa Virtanen is a well established and experienced fine artist from Savonranta in Finland. . Apparently to begin with she worked as a graphic artist and more recently has been involving herself in installations and has been using a wider range of techniques within her work. For example in a recent exhibition she made a wax cake to be situated on a table,that was part of an installation or performance as part of Tina B
The whole thing was linked to The Prague Contemporary Art Festival

About her print Ritva says « oil is the origin of cowboys and plastic soldiers. Wisdom of the bees is that their honeycombs keep giving giving birth to new bee generations. Real soldiers set out to fight for oil, and at the same time billions of bees are hatching out of their combs. »

« Jokke Saharinen »

Co incidentally Jokke Saharinen work also uses beeswax, it was shown in the same exhibition as Ritka’s and received an honorable mention. I could find no further information on Jokke that I could decipher linguistically.

Monday, 4 August 2008

Jana Sasaki, David Kolic and Michiko Suzuki

Jana Sasaki is an artist whose work I came across on the Bimpe website. I actually had a print in their very first annual miniprint competition. No catalog that year as far as I am aware. I am not too sure that they do one now. I will update this post – if I find out what the situation actually is, where that is concerned.
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BIMPE V - The Fifth Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition

If you would like to find out more about Jana, as an artist please see this article
on Sunspeak News

Robert David Kolic

All I can tell you about Robert David Kolic is that he attended Capilano College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – one presumes reasonably recently – that’s as much as I could gleam.

Michiko Suzuki

Hailing all the way from Tokyo, Japan is I think, quite an interesting and talented artist - Michiko Suzuki.

She likes to experiment with different media and that extends to her substrates which include papers both Eastern and Western. Her repertoire includes toner-etching, drypoint, collagraph, woodcut, silkscreen, metallic pigment and stencil.

If you visit her page at the her page at the Bellvue gallery, Vancouver you will see some inkjet prints in her folder to begin with followed by a number of very lovely mixed media prints.
It’s a flash enabled website - so just click on gallery artists at the foot of the page and on the list at your left check for “Michiko Suzuki” towards the end of the alphabetical list.