Harry Diaz: Deep Sea

Released Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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Deep Sea, by Harry Diaz.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Teach for America.

Harry Diaz is a Guatemalan born artist. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. His practice involves elements of printmaking, drawing, and digital media. Harry's work pays homage to traditional Guatemalan textile pattern. Additionally, his playful characters, whom weave in and out of the imagery, reference 50's and 60's American cartoons.
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About the print:
I was invited to a group show in May and Deep Sea was my submission for it. The title of the show was "Creatures From The Deep." Ironically the printshop where I printed these used to be an aquarium shop called "Deep Sea." Hence the title of the print.

This is a two-color screenprint on 140 lb Muscletone cover paper from French Paper. Each print was signed and numbered by the artist.

PURCHASE!

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What themes are recurring in your work, and what is the meaning behind them?
Patterns and animals are the main characters in my prints. I also play with symbols and icons to let the viewer come to their own conclusion about the piece.

Why did you choose to pair with Teach for America with your print?
I chose to pair my print with Teach For America because I think that everyone should have access to great schools and educators.

What have you been up to since we last worked together?
Since my last release with The Working Proof I've made some changes to my online presence. I've begun to pursue gallery work pretty seriously and I felt that I had to separate my "identities" into two camps. One being the new website/name: Color Beast, where I showcase my prints, zines and client work. My personal website will remain a place to showcase my paintings and drawings, which look much different than my prints. It was something I had been battling with for a long time but I feel it had to be done.

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How has your work developed over the last year?
I think making the decision to separate my web presence has helped me evolve in both studio practices. My personal work has become more abstract and conceptual. Whereas my commercial work has become even more playful and graphic. I think keeping things separate gives me the feeling that I'm always moving forward and not being bored with one thing.

What is inspiring you these days?
I'm very visually attracted to the more conceptual (border line fine art) graphic design, some people that come to mind are Matthew Korbel-Bowers, Tim Lahan and Andy Rementer to name a few.

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