First showing of Lonnie Holley's new prints just created in conjunction with Paulson Bott Press

Our Journey 2014 Color softground aquatint etching with roulette Image size 32" x 27" Paper size 40½" x 34" Edition of 30

Our Journey

2014

Color softground aquatint etching with roulette

Image size 32" x 27"
Paper size 40½" x 34"
Edition of 30

Lonnie Holley

May 2, 2014 By Alexander "Z" Groshong

(via Paulson Bott Press)

Lonnie Holley is an incredibly talented and versatile artist who expresses himself through sculpture, music, painting, and almost everything he experiences. He has overcome unthinkable hardships in his life but has managed to come out on top, maintaining his own unique and positive outlook on life. On our first day of work in the studio, Lonnie said, “I want to learn as much as possible from you, but at the same time, I want you to learn from me.” I was thrilled to be in charge of his first project at Paulson Bott Press.

Lonnie makes art out of anything and everything within his reach. One day, he went down to the nearby train tracks for some inspiration and came back with an assortment of debris, including an old tarp, tiny metal scraps from trains, and slabs of pale cement. When he set these materials down on the studio table, I felt a little anxious and wondered what he could possibly make out of them. But within minutes, he had come up with multiple concepts and created an intriguing sculpture of a boat and a face. He is a masterful improviser.

Intaglio was a new medium for him, yet he was able to embrace the various techniques seamlessly. By layering three-dimensional objects onto the softground plates, Lonnie found a familiar way to construct prints. His sculptures bend themselves perfectly to this printed fom, allowing him to create work that remains true to his vision. His music shares improvisation and invention as well. You can listen here. 


Lonnie Holley makes prints in the studio of Paulson Bott Press, Berkeley, CA 2013. The Music is Tollhouse by Podington Bear:http://freemusicarchive.org/music Tollhouse by Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.