Moving through the artistic process intuitively and without conscious
thought, Colleen Premer taps into her artistic soul to produce balanced and harmonious compositions.
This southern California printmaker is lured by the world of monotype and
monoprint for the immediacy of results, but she also lends her creative hand to
encaustic painting and intaglio printmaking.
Colleen is highly influenced by her artist mother, Elaine Kennedy, who
was an acclaimed local painter and printmaker. She was exposed to the art world
at an early age through her mother’s circle of friends and the many art shows,
exhibitions and gatherings they frequented together. Although Colleen has a
journalism degree and an M.S. in clinical psychology, her passion for art kept tugging at her heart. She
eventually discovered printmaking at the Idyllwild School of Music and the
Ranging from abstracted shapes to intricate design, Colleen’s
body of work takes its inspiration from observed line, shape and color. She
often contrasts recognizable elements, like a spinning Ferris wheel, with
shadowed spheres and elongated patterns. Her
creativity doesn’t stop there! Colleen also
works with chine colle, image transfer and printers inks for a multi-layered
print that is steeped in meaning. Some of her more recent works have embedded
excerpts of letters written by Colleen’s mother, creating timeless memories.
Always pushing herself
to solve a problem from a different angle, Colleen’s work reinvents the
familiar to present it in a new and unusual way. Her recent Tattoo Truck linocut relief print boldly presents
the cab of a big rig head on. With careful control, Colleen has carved and
outlined tattooed flames licking the outer shell of the cab. Rougher cuts add dimension within the
image’s background. Colleen’s inspiration largely is drawn from her attraction
to the clean lines and human-like features of cars and trucks. Additionally,
the methods and history of Japanese printmaking and artistry (including the
culture’s unique take on tattoos) intrigue Colleen. The result is
Ever changing, always
experimenting, creating beauty out
of the mundane, Colleen surprises us with a greater level of
sophistication every time we see her newest works. And, we would love to share
them with you!
I was born and raised in Southern California. After twenty plus years of living, working and playing in other parts of the country I moved back and met my husband. We live on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County. My working years were spent in the apparel industry. Skiwear in Vermont and surfwear in Hawaii. I was an apparel and surface designer often using relief prints to achieve a desired effect or application.
LA Printmaking members are invited to join us for a special Board meeting and the 2019 Foundation Awards at the Museum of Latin American Art ( MoLAA) in Long Beach. After the meeting and award presentation, you are invited to visit the new exhibition at MoLAA, Grafica America. If you would like to attend, pleaseRSVP. Museum opens at 11:00AM and Meeting will begin promptly at 11:30 in a private meeting area.
Gráfica América presents works by artists representing print shops, publishing houses, and artist collectives from throughout the United States, México, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The exhibition celebrates the collaborative spirit of printmaking through historical prints and publications as well as contemporary traditional and experimental works made in collective studios and workshops established by Latin American and Latinx printmakers.
Gráfica América, is organized by the Museum of Latin American Art and is curated by Gabriela Martínez, MOLAA Curator of Education and Rogelio Gutiérrez, Professor of Printmaking at Arizona State University - School of Art.
LA Printmaking Board Meeting and 2019 Foundation Awards: Sunday May 5th,
11:00 to 12:30: Board Meeting 12:30 to 1:00: Foundation Awards Congratulations to our four student winners! Adrienne Kinsella--------CSUN Cherianna Crary---------CSULB Hailee Ricardo ——— CSULB David Pacheco-----------Mt. San Antonio College
Afterwards, everyone is invited to see the exhibition "Gráfica América”!
Location:Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA, 90802
JOIN US FRIDAY APRIL 26th for a special closing reception for the 2019 Spring LA Printmaking exhibition, Sweet Earth/Bitter Earth. Artist talks on artwork selected by juror Merion Estes will be followed by a special presentation and plant raffle by David Newsom, founder of The Wild Yards Project.
Last opportunity to see this wonderful exhibition before it closes, meet the artists and learn more about turning our yards into natural native habitats.
Closing Reception: Friday April 26th, 7:00PM to 8:30PM Center for the Arts Eagle Rock 2225 Colorado Blvd. LA CA 90041
Self Help Graphics & Art is proud to host our bi-annual Printmaking Summit April 18-20, 2019 with demonstrations, workshops, panel discussions and artist talks focused on the role printmaking in today’s creative economy for students, emerging artists and skilled national printmakers. Admission to the summit is $25.00 (3-day pass) or $15.00 for students with a valid I.D. (3-day pass).
Participants of this three-day networking and skill-building event will learn about new technologies and green practices in printmaking, participate in demonstrations led by artists and an art exchange program, portfolio reviews, meet art supply vendors, among other activities. The Printmaking Summit’s mission is to build bridges among master printers, emerging and seasoned artists, as well as aspiring youth toward a solid foundation in printmaking.
The Printmaking Summit will conclude on Saturday, April 20, 2019 with an opening reception of Utopia/ Dystopia, a portfolio of fine art prints created in the form of a deck of 52 playing cards. Curated by Artist and Printmaker, Miyo Stevens-Gandara, twenty-six artists were invited to create two cards for the deck to create their interpretation of utopia and dystopia. The deck of cards allows the project to bring many different artists and styles together creating one unified artwork- a full deck, redefining a traditional portfolio. The concept of a deck of cards is intended to reference many things- games of chance, luck, fortune, war, solitude, precarious situations (house of cards), magic, empire, and divination. It serves as a container for many ideas, and each artist has chosen their own direction.
Artists include Pavel Acevedo, Kay Brown, Ada Pullini Brown, Leslie Dolin, Usen Gandara, Miyo Stevens-Gandara (Curator), Luis Genaro Garcia, J. Leigh Garcia, Margaret Griffith, Rogelio Gutierrez, Phung Huynh, Dongeun Lee, Kelvin Lopez, Rosalie Lopez, Sandra Low, Poli Marichal, Álvaro D. Márquez, Dalila Mendez, Wayne Perry, Sandy Rodriguez, Victor Rosas, Marianne Sadowski, Dewey Tafoya, Alex Fridrich-Ward, Christian Salcedo Ward and Andi Xoch.
Each day the evening portion of the Printmaking Summit is open to the public. RSVP here to attend one of the following events: Thursday, April 18, 6 - 6:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Alison Sar *RSVP Required Friday, April 19, 5 - 6 p.m. Artists Exchange *RSVP Required Friday, April 19, 6 - 7 p.m. Public Sale *RSVP Required Saturday, April 20, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Artists Exchange *RSVP Required