Kozo and Abaca Paper with Woodblock Inclusions, Pigmented Pulps and Relief
11 x 16 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: I have been for some time investigating the high-stakes and tense times we live in with pulp painted and printed depictions of military hardware, specifically aircraft, done as mosaics in actual scale. The large installations usually have figures “servicing” the hardware, and plenty of sky. I also return to these subjects on a small, intimate scale in a variety of prints. These observations in paper seek symbiosis between the delicate physical qualities of the paper and the powerful emblematic visual qualities of subject, so that they cohere on even terms. All endeavors are a matter of survival.