Ink: Three Generations of Printmakers
Art Intersection is pleased to present a unique exhibition of traditional and contemporary printmaking. This art form consists of the production of images, usually on paper but occasionally on fabric, parchment, plastic, or other support, by various techniques of multiplication, usually involving a press, under the direct supervision of or by the hand of the artist. Such fine prints are considered original works of art, even though they can exist in multiple copies.
This printmaking exhibition showcases work from three generations of master printmakers, all living and working in the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area, and the work from their studios with three distinctly different visions. The featured printmakers, John Armstrong, Brent Bond, and Jacob Meders, all function as artists, creating their own unique work, and as master printers collaborating with other artists in the production of limited print editions.
John Armstrong, the most senior of the three masters, has collaborated with and printed for many esteemed artists including Philip Curtis, Martin Mull, and Dorothy Fratt. John, along with his wife, Joan Prior, have operated Armstrong-Prior, Inc., a print studio and fine art consulting and brokering establishment for over 30 years. John’s own work, along with the work of artists he has worked with, have been extensively exhibited and collected and are in many prestigious private and public collections including the Phoenix Art Museum and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Brent Bond, a mid-career artist, has exhibited his mixed media work for over two decades. His own publishing company, Santo Press, founded in 2009, focuses on small scale, high quality, limited edition relief prints, monoprints, and monotypes, by regionally and nationally recognized artists like Teresa Villegas, Veronica Villanueva, and Carolina Escobar. Prior to opening his own studio, Brent served as a Master Printer and Studio Manager at Segura Publishing Co., from 2004 – 2013, where he collaborated with many esteemed artists including, Luis Gonzalez Palma, William Wegman, and James Turrell.
Jacob Meders, a member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California, is a recent MFA graduate in printmaking from Arizona State University. His own creative work, along with the work from his print studio, Warbird Press, focuses on issues specific to indigenous cultures, specifically, Native Americans. Jacob has shown recent work at Gallery 31 at the Corcoran, Washington DC, and The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
Image “Pandora Encounters Narcissus” by Brent Bond
Image “Sound Made by Quail” by Jacob Meders
Image “Untitled” by John Armstrong