Colleen Shull: Ozz

Released Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Ozz, by Colleen Shull.
15% of the sale of this print goes to the Action for Healthy Kids.

Colleen Shull was born in northern Michigan and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Enamored of painting since before she can remember, she works observationally and from memory in a variety of media - including painting, drawing, collage, and photography. Colleen attended the inaugural class of the South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts and then earned her BFA in painting with a dual major in Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute. She recently completed her MFA in Studio Art at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Colleen has exhibited widely in the last decade, due to her semi-nomadic lifestyle.

About the print:
This is the print edition of my acrylic on panel painting, Ozz, which is part of a recent series of small jewel-like paintings. Ozz is a study in greens: natural and artificial, with a shout out to the famed Emerald City of Oz. Therefore, Emerald green, duck pond green, phalo green, phosphorous green, green-gold, and moss green all mingle together in Ozz. My paintings evoke the landscape of a technicolor science fiction or of an internally illuminated world, using a mash-up of digitally processed fashion magazines, photographs, and reproductions of other paintings. Romantic and Classical traditions of incoherence and order pit against one another in the same field. Faceted gemstones - luxury items which one normally uses to adorn one's body - emerge as transformed objects for contemplation in a surreal setting. The intimate scale of these paintings pay homage to the magazine page and its electrified replacement - the computer screen - both of which claim to protect the democratic portability of the image.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.

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What is the process behind your work?
I use drawings, models, and collages to lead into the final paintings. The collages are the most important, because I cut up many art magazines into facets and then make gem forms from these as a starting point. Sometimes I use them more than other times, but either way, they are what get the paintings going.

What has inspired you recently?
The spectacular Bird of Paradise flowers that unexpectedly bloomed outside my kitchen window last week, and watching the new Tron movie with its ambient spatial vistas and sound. Classic Technicolor musicals of the 1940-1950’s also always inspire me.

Why did you choose to pair Action for Healthy Kids with your print?
I chose to pair my print with Action for Healthy Kids, because I believe that our health is our most vital possession towards enjoying life. A healthy body, habits, and mind set the foundation for a kid to succeed in the world. As an individual, I am very passionate about finding my balance through consuming natural foods, experiencing nature through exercising outdoors, and creating art.



How have you seen art transform the world around you?
As an art history major, I think that art has always transformed the world, because it is interwoven with it. I don’t see it as a separate entity. Whether politically inclined to invoke social change, or honest or cultural, I think all art invokes change within the people who come into contact with it.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Helen Frankenthaler, because she altered the idea of the female artist in the 1950’s and has kept true to her painting soul and feminine fluidity, despite all the changes that have occurred in the last sixty years. Her work somehow still looks new and fresh.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Michelle Mackey, Leeah Joo, Jessica Bottolico.

Sam Caldwell: Mast Hangers

Released Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Mast Hangers, by Sam Caldwell.
15% of the sale of this print goes to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation.

Sam Caldwell is a Bolton based illustrator and artist. He recently moved to Edinburgh to study illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art. His work has a strong sense of English gloom to it (specifically a North Western English gloom to it), using gritty textures and washed out, dulled colors. He enjoys painting portraits and often chooses subjects who evoke a sense of solitude and melancholy, themes which subconsciously seem to run throughout his work. He enjoys playing music, drinking tea, winter coats, and Richard Hawley.



About the print:
Mast Hangers is taken from a project I was working on last year, based on Robert Falcon Scott's expedition to the Antarctic. It was part of a collection of four small paintings, an old glass display cabinet with a book of drawings inside, and a few hand made props. It was a really fun project to do, and I ended up displaying it as an installation piece with an old desk and chair and things - something I'd never really thought about doing before.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.

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What have you been up to since we last worked together?
I've just been pottering about, really. Working on bits and bobs I'm interested in. I've had some time to work with friends which has been a lot of fun, doing stuff I wouldn't usually think to do like building boats and drawing consequences.

You recently traveled to India. Has the trip influenced your work?
I'm not sure that I'd say it's directly influenced what I'm doing right now, but it certainly was an amazing experience. I kept a sketchbook which I tried to draw in every day. It was really interesting to try to find the things that interest me back home in a totally different culture and environment. I still ended up drawing odd characters and quiet landscapes but they obviously looked totally different. I guess it's made me try to look further afield for inspiration, and to not just stick to what's right in front of me.

How has your work developed over the last year?
I've started to work a lot more with series of images rather than doing one off drawings. There's something about working with books or comics or collections which really interests me. It allows for much more scope to tell a story and to build up a bigger image, I suppose. I've also been working on a smaller scale. I've been doing a lot of 3 or 4 centimetre paintings recently, and I really love the quietness of them.



Why did you choose to pair the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation with your print?
I think that music provides kids with an easy route into creativity and self-expression. When you write a poem, paint a picture, or compose a piece of music, you are using the same fundamental skills and fulfilling the same purpose to convey meaning and evoke emotion - the only difference is the medium in which it is expressed. I think anything which nurtures that basic set of skills is a very good thing indeed.

What is inspiring you these days?
I'm hugely into Ben Shahn at the moment - his drawings especially. I'm also looking at a lot of Saul Steinberg. A book I bought recently by Jon McNaught called Pebble Island has been permanently on my desk over the past few weeks - his stuff is properly amazing. I love the little things he picks up on, like some graffiti on the side of a bus shelter or a tiny empty bag of crisps. I'd never really looked at comic books before, but since buying this I've been getting obsessed.


Sam's previous edition, Minor Man.

Sasha Prood: Chevron Repeat

Released Tuesday, October 11, 2011

This Tuesday is our two-year birthday, and our 100th print edition. To mark the occasion, we are offering 10% off of all orders placed through Friday, October 14th, 6PM EST. Please use the code 100PRINTS when checking out. It's been an awesome two years of working with our amazing artists and charities, and we couldn't have done it without your support. Huge thanks to you all, whether you've bought prints, shared The Working Proof with your friends, sent us a nice email, or just admired the art from afar. Thank you!


Chevron Repeat, by Sasha Prood.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Action for Healthy Kids.

Sasha Prood grew up just outside of Philadelphia, PA, and trained at Carnegie Mellon's School of Design. In addition to freelancing full-time, she is attending Type@Cooper starting this Fall to further develop her typographic skills. Sasha currently resides in a tiny studio apartment in Brooklyn, NY, that is filled to the brim with plants. She creates typography, illustrations, patterns, and graphics using pencil, pen, and watercolor, and the computer. Thematically, her works lean toward the organic, natural, and scientific, with vintage, utilitarian, and childhood influences. Animals, vegetables, and minerals of all kinds are commonly found in her illustrations, creating anything from logos to posters to apparel graphics.

About the print:
Chevron Repeat is a piece from a larger 'watercolor meets pattern' study. In this study I was exploring the juxtaposition of order - the geometric shape in repeat and disorder - the imperfect quality of watercolor. What I enjoy most about painting with watercolor is that as much as you work to control it, there is always an unpredictable aspect in how it will dry.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.

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What has inspired you recently?
Vintage marks and script fonts have been a large source of inspiration in recent weeks. Science too - particularly biological entities such as cells and molecules.

Why did you choose to pair Action for Healthy Kids with your print?
I chose to pair the charity Action for Healthy Kids with Chevron Repeat because I believe that childhood nutrition is a critical area of human health that needs more attention drawn to it.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
As an illustrator and graphic designer, I see 'art' everywhere - it is often hidden in plain site. For me, art is everything from logos to packaging to signage to museum pieces - it does not just transform our world, it is one of the building blocks.



If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Paula Scher, because her work is uniquely her own. Additionally, she has done a wonderful job of melding together graphic design, typography, illustration, hand-making, and a playful sense of humor and boldness - all things that I try to bring into my own work.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
I'm obsessed with the work of James Turrell - the environments that he creates with light blow me away every time. I love the work produced by the late Jean Michel Basquiat. I'm also a fan of Aurel Schmidt and SwoonTim Walker creates the most amazing fantasy photographs, and I hugely admire the illustrations of the late Edward GoreyCharley Harper, and William Steig, to name a few.

Josie Portillo: Allez!

Released Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Allez!, by Josie Portillo.
15% of the sale of this print goes to The Pablove Foundation.

Josie Portillo was born, raised, and currently resides in Los Angeles where she works as a freelance illustrator. She enjoys going for walks with her Doxle, playing soccer, and making cannoli.



About the print:
"Allez!" is French for "Come on!" or "Go." It is a common term shouted or written on the roads by fans as encouragement for cyclists during races. Sometimes, in our everyday lives, we need to hear these words of encouragement when we are confronted by obstacles, in order to push ourselves to the top.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.

PURCHASE $30!





What has inspired you recently?
Recently I've been inspired by words, phrases, and books. I recently read Strange Pilgrims By Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and it opened up a realm of so many ideas for illustrations.

Why did you choose to pair The Pablove Foundation with your print?
I chose to pair my print with The Pablove Foundation because I was really touched by the story of Pablo Castelaz and all the other children who have battled childhood cancer.



How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I see art transform the world around me all the time. I feel that artists of my generation (and previous ones too) are very concerned about the issues going on around us, and that they try to keep their work relevant in making positive changes to address these issues.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
If I magically had the powers to bring Pablo Picasso back from the grave so that he could be my personal art mentor, I'd do it in a heartbeat. He had a unique, revolutionary way of communicating his ideas visually, that I could only hope to learn from. He also had the cutest little dachshund named Lump, who could follow us around everywhere.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Two artists everyone should check out are Anna Topuriya and Eunice San Miguel.