I have been experimenting with primarily figurative, portrait genre woodcuts for almost twenty years since being introduced to the medium by the printmakers at the Alberta College of Art & Design. Recently, I have been working with salvaged century-old rough Douglas Fir beams from the restoration of the Alberta Block, and from the dismantling of grain elevators. This wood is interesting not only in its history, but also in that it is oddly shaped and ornery. It has holes, knots,  gouges and protruding rusty nails and is unlike the traditional flawless and smooth woodcut material that I have worked with such as cherry or walnut. I don't make prints from the woodcuts, but prefer the blocks themselves.


 

To find suitably rustic and rugged subjects for this wood, I have been referencing popular culture personas and archetypes from 1920s silent film cowboys to 1970s tough guys for my recent series "QUIEN ES MAS MACHO AMERICANO?

 

A trip to Coney Island in 2008, where I explored vintage circus culture, inspired a series of sideshow portraits, and a recent trip to Havana renewed my long-standing love of propaganda. 

 

I am currently working on a series of miscellaneous megalomaniacs: despots, televangelists, sex symbols, cult leaders, talk show hosts, tycoons, and hypnotists for a Post-Pop solo show at AXIS Contemporary Art in Calgary "Take Me To Your Leader" (opens October 24, 2009). 

 

Other upcoming solo shows are in December 2009 at Bluebottle Gallery, Seattle and February 2010 at Yard Dog Gallery, Austin.

 


Lady with a Hat - Lisa Brawn Self-Portrait GIRAFFE NECK WOMAN

 


JOJO THE DOG_FACED BOY THE GREAT OMI

 


 

 

Black 2008 THE GREAT REGURGITATOR ZIP Bd 2008

 


 

La Femme BARTOLA Sword Swallower L' Homme MAXIMO

 


 

 

  LIONEL  

 


   

 

Black  2008 THELMA Swallower BABY THELMA B 2008

 


   

 

Black  2008 TITANA THE GIANTESS Sword Sr TRY VENTRILOQUISM B 2008

 


 

 

  CIRCUS SIDESHOW PERFORMERS  

 


 

 

2008 CIRCASSIAN BEAUTY ECSAPE ARTIST  

 


MAJOR MITE 2008 MISS ANNIE JONES

 


 

 

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