Rick Beerhorst

individual, ENTITY.2195
Nationality:
American
Artist Biography:
"I have been making woodblock prints for 25 years. I while back I began to add bits of ephemera, photos, old letters and book pages to my prints. As I print on these scrapes from the past I allow happy accidents to come from a loosely guided randomness. Working this way has effectively opened the door to a whole new way of thinking about printmaking. Now these iconic images carved into wood have discovered a way to travel back in time so that I can begin to understand what came before me and up until now was not only out of reach but hidden. I have been making woodblock prints for 25 years. I while back I began to add bits of ephemera, photos, old letters and book pages to my prints. As I print on these scrapes from the past I allow happy accidents to come from a loosely guided randomness. Working this way has effectively opened the door to a whole new way of thinking about printmaking. Now these iconic images carved into wood have discovered a way to travel back in time so that I can begin to understand what came before me and up until now was not only out of reach but hidden. My influences include Early American limners, the art of the Middle Ages, as well as religious icons. The faces in many of these portraits are partially obscured; this hide and seek refers to how revelation always comes to us incomplete in bits and pieces. In this way painting also becomes a form of inquiry into the hidden mysteries of life." -Rick Beerhorst