JACK THE PRINTMAKER:
I am basically a story teller who uses prints as my vocabulary. My approach is eclectic. On one hand, I use traditional relief printing methods, either a barren or a 1947 Vandercook Press by the name of Ursula. On the other hand, I experiment using brayers, stencils, natural & found objects, anything that has texture.
I make prints, primarily linocuts. I also create my own limited edition books. I have over the years, and continue to do so, worked with authors and illustrate their books including covers.
My work is influenced by life experience and, most importantly, my constant amazement of what human beings believe in and how they choose to live their lives! My work tends to be in-your-face wrought with irony and whimsy.
I love what I do and enjoy the results especially when a viewer looks at the work and smiles. They got it! I can go on and wax philosophical regardng my work but I won't. If you want to know how and why I do what I do, email me. I will always answer.
I have exhibited throughout the United States. My prints are in collections in the United States as well as in Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Northern Irelan, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and I am sure others because people travel.
In addition to Artspan.com and Absolutearts.com, my work can be seen at the Palace of the Governors Bookstore in Santa Fe, NM or on the Museum of New Mexico website NewMexico Creates.com.
Finally, I love to work with writers who would entertain using my prints to illustrate their story or book cover. So, feel free to contact me. As they said in the film "Casablanca", "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship".
JACK THE DOLLMAKER:
I make dolls in the old style of the Native Americans of the Western Frontier, usually between 1840 to 1910. Everything is totally handmade. The bodies are made of muslin stuffed with raw cotton. The clothing is either made of hides or vintage fabric. I use beads, horse, buffalo and human hair, animal claws, etc. My dolls are designed in the style of those made by the women of the tribes for the children. In addition to being playthings the dolls were also teaching objects to acclimate the children in their role of the society.
My dolls are made to be held and touched. I love the research that goes into each and every one of them. I had to teach myself to sew, bead, work with hides and scrounge for old materials. Like printmaking, dollmaking is fun, challenging and a gift to the maker.
My dolls can be seen at the famous Nambe Trading Post in Nambe, New Mexico and also the Museo Cultural in Santa Fe, NM.Any questions, email me at jackmccarthyprints.com