September 1 - October 8, 2011
Linocut, photolithograph, monotype
30" x 22"
Commander and Thief
24.5" x 19"
MATRIX Press was founded in 1998 by Professor of Art, James Bailey, at The University of Montana-Missoula, to educate, develop and promote printmaking and fine art prints. Matrix Press: Master Prints was generated by The University of Montana’s Gallery of Visual Arts in conjunction with Professor James Bailey. The exhibition is touring Montana through the auspices of MAGDA (Museum & Art Gallery Directors Association – Montana).
The exhibition includes approximately thirty-nine prints created through MATRIX Press, by nationally recognized artists over the course of the past twelve years. The prints from the MATRIX Press collection represent a broad range of artistic
and technical approaches to the print.
Artists represented in this exhibition include those who have continued the activist tradition of printmaking such as Richard Mock—best known for his cutting political prints that appeared in the New York Times Op-Ed section from 1980-1996—and Miriam Schapiro who was one of the pioneering artists in the Feminist Art movement to Tom Huck, known for his intricately cut woodcuts inspired by the likes of Albrecht Durer. In addition, Colorful abstractions by Arizona artist and past UM alumni John Armstrong show a softer approach to the medium with his whimsical forms, which often reference the landscape. Chicago based artist Tony Fitzpatrick utilizes 50’s style tattoo art in his color etchings, while Canadian Artist Peter Von Tiesenhausen’s boat forms float mysteriously on metallic fields.