The Force was with the printmaking studio this week when artist/printmaker Sean Star Wars brought his woodcut funhouse to Green Bay. He and his family drove up from Mississippi at the request of UWGB’s Art Agency to give an artist talk and lead a workshop.
Sean Star Wars artist talk showed much of the inspiration for his work. He received a boost of confidence, when one of his idols, Tom Huck showed that a graphic artist could hang in museums and galleries alongside “fine” artists so he pushed forward with his passion.
He gets inspiration from vintage advertising, the kind that incorporated white families posing as Native Americans and promoting cigarettes. He also has a series of work about Jimmy the Pope, an invented miscreant who develops superhero powers and smokes. He looks to an accidental acquisition of a different family’s slide collection circa 1972.
The students were inspired by the amount of work he is able to make and that the more quantity he cranks out, the more quality he necessarily gets from the effort. It was great to see the printmaking studio come alive with images and wood shavings.