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Sean Star Wars in GB

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.

Some art students at work carving their block.

Some art students at work carving their block.

A middle-school tour group was lucky enough to be passing through, so Mr. Star Wars gave them a quick demo of wood  relief block printing.

A middle-school tour group was lucky enough to be passing through, so Mr. Star Wars gave them a quick demo of wood relief block printing.

Printing the block with Brandon's help.

Sean Star Wars is in the house. Here he poses with student and Art Agency President Brandon, the  and artist alumnus Billy.

Sean Star Wars is in the house.
Here he poses with student and Art Agency President Brandon, and artist alumnus Billy.

Some of Mister Star Wars' art is hanging in the studio gallery for all to see.  (Photo by Brandon Langer)

Some of Mister Star Wars’ art is hanging in the studio gallery for all to see. (Photo by Brandon Langer)

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.

4 Reader Comments

  1. Tom M. says:

    This looks like fun. Ya’ll were lucky to have him there.

  2. Deb Jepsen says:

    Oh, brings back memories. UWGB is where studied art, and spent many hours in that same printmaking studio. It looks the same, I loved it.

  3. Linda Kelen says:

    You interest me. If I can, and don’t get terribly lost, I would like to visit on my way back from teaching woodprint class at Peninsula School of Art. I’ve a variety of blogs, and am on AbsoluteArts.
    Thanks for the Twitter follow!

    1. Sir Bandersnatch says:

      Thank you Linda. It would be very nice to see you. Email me at art@jabberwockstudio.com. Best wishes with teaching your class.

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