Friday, June 11, 2010

Summer Solstice 2010 Featured Artist: Amze Emmons

From now until June 23, the day of Philagrafika's Summer Solstice 2010 Benefit, we will be previewing the work of a particular participating artist. First is Philadelphia artist and printmaker Amze Emmons.

One Man Hire, 2009. Screenprint

Amze Emmons is  certainly committed to printmaking. The Philadelphia-based artist is an accomplished printmaker, working in a variety of media, including screenprinting, intaglio, and relief printing, often combining processes to create images that juxtapose soft, intricate detail with large areas of flat color, ranging from vibrant to austere, often in the same composition. In addition to his artistic practice, Emmons is an assistant professor of printmaking at Muhlenburg University, a founder and contributor of the excellent printmaking-miscellany blog Printeresting, and active in the printmaking community.

Informal Economy, 2009. Screenprint

Emmons has donated three prints available June 23 at the Summer Solstice Benefit: Portage, One Man Hire, and Informal Economy. His images depict locations in transition: often city scenes that appear empty and war ravaged, or makeshift shelters that appear simultaneously bleak and hopeful, due to his masterful use of color. The images are derived from a very intense and thoughtful research practice that involves, in part, collecting and methodically editing images collected from various sources in the media.

Portage, 2007. Intaglio with Screenprint.

You can find out more about Amze Emmons at and

The Summer Solstice 2010 Benefit is on June 23, at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. RSVP Today!

-Dan Haddigan

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