Intaglio on Handmade Paper with Grass
17 x 22 1/2 inches
BIO: Peter Sowiski was born in 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received a BA in 1971 in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in 1974 in Printmaking from Ohio State University. He is primarily known as a pulp painter, with work in numerous collections in America. Over the last forty years he has shown in over one hundred and ninety exhibitions, held over eighty workshop, lecture and visiting artist posts locally to internationally. Peter is an Emeritus Professor of Fine Arts at Buffalo State College, where he taught from 1974- 2007, did stints as Chair of Fine Arts, of Design, and received the President’s Award for Excellence in Service to the College. He investigated papermaking in Korea, China and Vietnam, and was President of The Friends of Dard Hunter, Inc., an international organization of hand papermakers. He has worked at Abaca Press as chief screen printer since its inception. Since retiring, he continues working for Abaca press, and messing up his studio in Buffalo. www.abaca-press.com
STATEMENT: This piece is a manipulated photo-etching that I did relatively soon after immersion in paper making in the mid-seventies. It is part of a group of patchwork/mosaic or snapshot arrangement prints from that time that address visually the pun emergent surrounding the image, its title, and the physical material in the support.