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frank trueba, print artistBorn and raised in New York City, I have lived in the California for the past 20 years, currently living outside Santa Cruz. My work has been exhibited internationally and I have prints in the permanent collections of New York City Public Library Print Collection; the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Print Collection; and the Australian Print Collection of the Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Australia. I am a member of various printmaking associations including: Baren: The Forum for Woodblock Printmaking, the California Society of Printmakers, and the New Mexico Printmakers Society.

I have always been interested in drawing, forever doodling throughout grade school and beyond. However, it wasn’t until 1999, when I began taking classes and workshops in acrylic painting, pastels, bookmaking, scientific illustration, and various forms of printmaking, that I starting seriously pursuing art. The bulk of my interest and work has been in serigraphy (screenprinting) and woodblock printing. I find myself drawn to the printing arts for a variety of reasons. Printing satisfies my analytical side with its technical requirements, whether that be the carving of the wood, the construction of a printing screen, or the planning that goes into designing the piece. Yet, at the same time it satisfies my artistic side with the creativity of subject matter and the ability to experiment with variations in color and design. Additionally, the reproductive nature of the printing allows me to share my original works with many people at the same time.

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As many printmakers, I often work with a series concept and I have developed a number of themed series of works; for example, the Cave Art Series (work inspired by my interest in prehistoric cave art), the New Mexico Church Series (a continuing series of work based on the architecture of New Mexico church structures), and the Pez Head Suite (a group of prints combining modern and ancient work). Most of my prints are silkscreens (or serigraphs). However, I use many printing techniques. The New Mexico Church series is made up of woodcuts, Japanese woodblocks, intaglio (etchings), as well as silkscreen prints. I also produce linocuts and monoprints.

The most important thing about my work is that by using classic printmaking techniques, I produce original works of art at an affordable price. The word “print” is used so commonly that can be easily confused. I produce “original prints” which are images that have been conceived and executed solely as a print, usually in a numbered edition. Each print is an original work of art, signed by the me, and printed from a plate, stone, screen, block or other matrix created for that purpose. There is no one original print from which copies are made. Each print is inked and pulled individually; it is multi-original medium. If editioned, I, as the artist, decide the number of prints in an edition, and each print is given a specific number (for example, a print numbered 6/25 is the 6th print in an edition of 25). Sequential numbering provides an accounting for the number of prints in the edition.

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General usage of the word “print” usually refers to a reproduction print, although often simply called a print, it is actually quite different than an “original print.” A reproduction print is a copy of a work of art conceived by the artist in another medium such as a painting (oil, acrylic, or watercolor). A photo-mechanical off-set printer or digital ink jet printer is used to print the reproduction (high quality computer printers have produced a genre of “prints” called “giclees”). Numbering (so-called “limited editions”) and signing a reproduction does not change its essence; it is still a reproduction of a painting and is not an original print. Although these reproductions can be an affordable way to own works of art otherwise unaffordable, it is important to realize that these high-quality copies are not original works of art.

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cave drawing of buffalo
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 Lascaux Pony
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cave paintings with computer and windows logo
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 silicon valley cave
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rasario chapel
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