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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Land and Sky - 2 Artist/2 Perspectives

    Location: Windsor, ON

    PAINTING WORKSHOP AT SHO ART STUDIOS APRIL 3rd 4th and 5th 2020..
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  • Confluent Dreams

    Location: North Battleford, SK

    An afternoon exhibition, cranky theatre and musical performance all taking place at..
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  • Love At First Sight

    Location: Regina, SK

    Love At First Sight / Regina Art Collective members: Dave Gedjos / DeLee Grant..
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  • In Other Words

    Location: Regina, SK

    In Other Words / Regina Art Collective members: Nikki Jacquin / Derek Olson / Mark..
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  • Alee & Ayla: Approaches to Portraiture

    Location: Regina, SK

    H.J. Linnen; Patron of the Regina Art Collective will be exhibiting works from his..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Black & White Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Black & White online art..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020 Venice | April 09 – May..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY 2020

    Location: London,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY – MIXING CULTURES ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition THE..
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  • Call for Proposals: 2020 The WALL Artist

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver Heritage Foundation is now accepting proposals from independent artists and curators for..
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  • 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Appreciation of the Arts

    Location: London, ON

    Three day art and music event to recognize local artists in London, Ontario...
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  • Call to Artists - 2020 Sooke Fine Arts Show

    Location: Sooke, BC

    Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to the 2020 Sooke Fine..
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  • INK by Shawn Zheng

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Shu Cheng (Shawn) Zheng features his distinctive style of making marks in Chinese..
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  • North Shore Art Crawl

    Location: North Shore, BC

    The North Shore Art Crawl is a free community arts event March 7+8,..
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  • New Craft Coalition: Call to Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    New Craft Coalition invites applications from all mid-career and professional artists to be..
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  • TRAVEL EXHIBITION

    Location: Toronto, ON

    John Mantha will be participating in a group show at Twist Gallery in..
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  • David Tycho: Urbania

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Guest artist David Tycho will exhibit 10 paintings from his latest series. This series..
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  • ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) 2020

    Location: Brussels,

    ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) is back on October 15-18, 2020 for its 14th..
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  • Clarkson Society of Artists 2020 Show & Sale

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    The Clarkson Society of Artists invites you to attend their annual show &..
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  • Call for Artists: Urban Matrix

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is inviting artists to take part in an upcoming group..
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  • 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
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  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Colors Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Colors online art competition. For this..
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  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
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  • Jane Selbie and Joseph Farrugia

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. February..
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  • “Grey” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline February 28, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Grey surrounds us, sometimes in surprising ways. In beach pebbles, a..
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  • on thin ice Polar Bear Art Exhibit

    Location: Toronto, ON

    On thin ice is a solo exhibit of polar bear portrait paintings by..
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  • Support the Worldwide Art Community | Participate in 6x6x2020

    Location: Rochester, ON

    Hello Artists in Canada, We want YOU to participate in 6x6x2020! Let your creative..
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  • Olivier Du Tre: New Works

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    January 7 to February 29, 2020 At HUB@302 302-1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary, AB..
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  • WAAH 124th Juried Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    Who:  The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton (WAAH) at the Art Gallery of..
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  • The Indian Contemporary Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY, ON

    The Indian Contemporary Art Competition (ICAC) aims to discover and promote talented artists..
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  • The Loft On King Street

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Loft On King Street is one of the most unique private event..
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Printmaking Series (1 of 21) - Why do Printmaking?

By Nik Semenoff June 7, 2004

} Why do Printmaking? Printmaking Series - Part 1 of 21 By Nik Semenoff Unlike painting and drawing, printmaking can be considered a long dragged out method of producing artists images. It usually requires expensive equipment and materials, as well as technical knowledge and meticulous adherence to processes. Even with all these drawbacks, many artists devout much of their efforts to print media. I cannot tell you why others choose printmaking, but I have my own reasons that may give readers an insight to why printmaking. Nik Semenoff I was trained as an oil painter as that was all that was taught locally when I was young. When I encountered offset lithography in my work as a graphic designer, I discovered how the overlaying layers of colors and images would come closer to my view of what art could be. The ability to pull together a group of seemingly unconnected elements into a finished picture excited me, unlike painting. Drawing on the lithographic plate or stone was an stimulating experience as the magic of chemistry transformed the image into a large number of prints. I found that lithography was extremely versatile even though it was very complicated to execute. The fact that multiples could be printed was not my major reason to continue printmaking. Davis Te Selle There are a number of current printmaking methods used by artists, depending on their training and available equipment. While lithography and intaglio require expensive presses, woodcuts and screen printing can be done on a shoe string. Some of the most powerful prints I have seen were editioned from scrap lumber carved with a knife, making it a method of communication for the hard-up. On the other hand, the Japanese have carried woodcuts to the highest level producing multicolor prints in a highly ritualistic procedure. The speed of producing screen prints has been one of reasons it has been popular amongst artists since the mid of the 20th Century. Intaglio had been regarded the paramount of the print media for centuries and is still practiced by the majority of printmakers. Printmaking is now considered dangerous as toxic chemicals are encountered in the studio and has taken a blow from the art community in general. Considering all the difficulties in printmaking, there are still thousands of artist who prefer to express themselves through these methods. It takes people who can concentrate on the task over an extended period and not bothered with the technical complexity of working. It is the final image that energized the artist and the path that it took to arrive at the ultimate expression. I believe it was Degas who exclaimed, "If only one print could be taken from a drawing on stone, I would still prefer to do lithography". Few artists do their own lithographic printing as the technical demand and necessary knowledge is not what most want to get into. Collaborative fine art printers have been available for anyone willing to pay the production cost. Because of the price of presses, few enthusiastic printmakers can afford one, so cooperative workshops have been setup in some of the major cities. Having ones' painting or drawing reproduced by a commercial offset press with the 4-color photo process is not fine art - just a cheap reproduction. Signing and numbering the prints does not make them art objects. ________________________________________________ Copyright © 2004 Nik Semenoff Nik Semenoff Artist-in-residence University of Saskatchewan Visit Nik Semenoff's website at duke.usask.ca/~semenoff/ for more information.