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Jahn Elementary School & Northwest Middle School Enjoy Shared Walls Loaned Art Program

September 11th, 2016 Posted by Art, Featured, Illustration, Screenprints, Shared Walls by IPaintMyMind™ No Comment yet

Shared Walls™ loaned art exhibitions were installed at Jahn Elementary & Northwest Middle School, featuring art prints by Dan Grzeca and Jay Ryan.

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Shields Elementary Hosts Shared Walls™ Exhibition, Art Prints by Jay Ryan

April 5th, 2016 Posted by Art, Chicago, Featured, Illustration, Screenprints, Shared Walls by IPaintMyMind™ No Comment yet

This time, we got to work with Shields Elementary at 43rd and Rockwell in the 15th Ward. We loved the opportunity to hang some playful art (a little lower than normal) so that little ones can properly enjoy them.

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Shared Walls™ Expands, Art by Jay Ryan Installed @ Boone Elementary

August 21st, 2015 Posted by Art, Screenprints, Shared Walls by IPaintMyMind™ No Comment yet

Colorful Screenprints by Jay Ryan Brighten Up The Halls at Boone Elementary School in West Rogers Park

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Jay Ryan’s Birdmachine Keeps On Tickin’, IPMM Collection Expands

April 4th, 2015 Posted by Art, Featured No Comment yet

If you’re into screen prints or have been to a concert in Chicago during the last 15 years, you’ll probably recognize the work of Jay Ryan.

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Shared Walls™ Refreshes Centro Media With Local Art

March 31st, 2015 Posted by Art, Featured, Shared Walls by IPaintMyMind™ No Comment yet

Featuring Dan Grzeca, Jay Ryan, Fugscreens, Eleanor Boersma, The Fineprint Chicago and Mr. City Printing at Centro Media.

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Pitchfork Chicago Reader Cover 2013 by Jason Frederick & Steve Walters

July 31st, 2013 Posted by Art, Featured No Comment yet

The Chicago Reader PItchfork 2013 cover by Jason Frederick is so good, we had to have the screen print in our collection. Now go scoop yours!

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Exclusive Interview with Drew Millward

August 3rd, 2009 Posted by Art, Featured, Interviews No Comment yet
 Lucky for me (and you), Drew Millward, a British screenprinter and all-around good guy was cool enough to do an interview with me about his art, screenprinting in the UK, and how music influences his work.

Q: So I heard it was a bit difficult to break into the screen printing scene in Britain? Not as many outlets as stateside? 

A: I wouldn’t say it’s that much tougher. But there are certainly factors that make it a little more difficult. But truth be told, no matter where you are it’s a niche process, and something that isn’t particularly straight forward.While I’m in no way going to sit around and say that the artists in the US have it easier than we do here, there seems to be a lot more people who have the space, be that at home, or in a studio, to print on a limited budget. But, then again, if the will is there you will find a way to print, or at the least produce prints. Certainly from my experience I would say that screen printing in the UK comes from a slightly different angle than in the US. When I started making prints about 5 years ago, screen printing was the preserve of the ‘high art’ and printmaking crowd. Ultra limited runs and viewed as pieces or art, slightly more affordable than the painted alternatives. Due to this, supplies and equipment were costly and pretty tricky to come by. They were aimed and fine artists or industrial processes. I would say that in those few years in seems to have become a lot more common to see artists working in print and producing work in that medium. I guess the big boom in crafts and handmade objects in the past few years has had a big influence on that. Having said all that, the moment I wanted to screen print anything, I was lucky enough to meet Nick Rhodes over in Manchester who had a studio. He was close by, and kind enough to let me come over and use his equipment for the day. I would say that was a fairly fortuitous event, but then again, there are plenty of artist print studios around the country that are useable, some more expensive than others.

Q: Your recent print for Mogwai (directly above) has gotten rave reviews man, in fact I have one at the crib, flattening as we speak…..care to describe the concept?

A: Well, I think it was simply running with a moment of madness.I’m a huge fan of Japanese art and block prints, and obviously a fan of Hokusai. I’d recently watched a documentary on ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ and in that they attributed a lot of its popularity to the fact that it adheres to a lot of the principals of aesthetics in both Western and Eastern art. It was interesting to see that the work was almost produced in a formulaic way. Now, I am a huge Mogwai fan, but I have had conversations with people who are not as into them, and one of their criticisms of Mogwai is that they have a very definite dynamic, that of ‘quiet-loud’ and they can be a little too formulaic. This got me thinking about doing a poster for them that stuck to certain principals that would ensure that the make up of the poster would stick fairly rigidly to a certain formula. This brought me back to the Hokusai print. The print itself makes up a set of prints that depict Mount Fuji, which is featured on the cover of Mogwai’s first album ‘Young Team’. At which point I wanted to put the two elements together… it all seemed to fit to me anyway. So in the end I made a poster that is my take on ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, a huge monster rising from the deep and destroying a fishing fleet. It’s probably one of my favorite pieces I’ve done, and for one of my favorite bands. It ended up being a happy outcome.

Q:What bands have you been able to do show posters for?

A: Melvins, Big Business, Deerhoof, The Thermals, Gallows, Mogwai, Black Moth Super Rainbow, School of Seven Bells, The Tallest Man on Earth, Bon Iver, Baroness, Kylesa, Opeth, Sonic Youth, Flight of the Conchords, Crystal Antlers, Pelican, Wolves in the Throne Room, Tombs, Oxes, Bilge Pump, Unsane, Moe., The Decemberists, Things in Herds, Liam Frost, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Arab Strap, Aids Wolf, Errors, Tapes n’ Tapes, Damo Suzuki, Okervil River, Holly Golightly, Nada Surf….. And more.

Q: Do you make a yearly subscription of your work available for purchase?

A: We did for the first time this year. It seems to have gone well, so I see no reason not to do it again next year. It’s available through http://www.postersandtoys.com/

Q: I saw that you have a link to birdwar.com from your site, what’s the deal with that? Is it a music label?

A: It is a label, yeah. It’s somewhat of a sleeping concern at present. Myself and Luke Drozd started it up in about 2004, simply because we had seen David Thomas Broughton perform in a church in Leeds. We approached him after that to see if he was interested in putting out an album. As it turned out it was one of his first shows, so we just happen to catch him at the right time. I think we were both so floored by his performance we hadn’t really thought through the process of putting out an album, but we loved the music so much we just muddled on and did it anyway. After that we put out stuff that we really loved by Samamidon, Last of the Real Hardmen and 7 Hertz. All of which is awesome. A couple of years ago Luke moved to London to do his MA, so things took a back seat since we were both really busy, but it’s something that if we find the right music that we both love again, I’m sure we will resurrect the label. There have been talks recently about putting some new stuff out, so that may see the light of day at some point.

 

Q: And your site is under construction, got a redesign in the works? 

A: Ha, no, I just never got round to making on in the first place. It’s been on the cards for a long time, I’m hoping to get something up before the end of the year.

Q: How much do you see your musical tastes overlapping into your artwork?

A: Very much so. I try to work with and for bands that I have a personal liking of. It’s very difficult to make work that you are happy with when you are representing music you don’t actually like. In fairness I don’t really get asked to do a lot of work for bands I don’t like, so I’m obviously sending out the right vibes. I do pretty much always have music on while I work, and that can often sway the ways in which I’m working. I would say that music is fairly influential in everything I do, not only my work. I play in a band, I put out records, and most of my work is involved with bands and music in some way. I guess it’s pretty much inseparable.

Q: In the states there are multiple events every year commemorating the print/poster artist – Flatstock, etc. Anything like that going on in the UK?

A: Yeah. We have the European Flatstock in Hamburg each year, which is well attended by the UK poster contingent, but increasingly there are events within the UK. It’s pretty encouraging to see a scene grow over the past few years. Like I mentioned earlier, when I started the only other person I knew who was making posters was Nick over in Manchester. As time went on I met more people who were, or were interested in making posters as something more than just an A4 piece of paper telling people where a show was. I would say now that the UK scene is really developing to be a fairly interesting and diverse thing. There are more gatherings, and more shows that really highlight how different a lot of the work is. It’s also refreshing to see that there aren’t really any people simply rehashing ideas and imagery from the more established US scene, and really starting to develop its own visual identity. I guess that is the same case in Europe with people like Malleus and Bongout making posters that are very much removed from the work that paved the way for the resurgence in poster art in the US.

Q: Who are some other artists in the poster scene that you respect?

A: There are really too many to think of. It is such a rich scene of artists it’s difficult to whittle them down.I guess the one person I can credit with actually getting started making posters (and art in general) was Jay Ryan. At the time we were putting on shows in Leeds and myself and Luke were drawing up posters for things. Jay came over for a show in Manchester at the Goodall Gallery, so a bunch of us went over and met up, looked at posters, went drinking spoke at length with Jay… that sort of thing. I think after that I realized that drawing pictures could actually be a viable way of making a living. Shortly after that I think I started taking things a bit more seriously, started printing a bit more, and eventually left my job. I ended up on the dole for a while, but eventually got a part time job that allowed me to work on my art more, and eventually give that up to. Now I sit alone every day drawing pictures, so Thank you Jay Ryan.

Q: Got any new prints being released soon?

A: There are a number in the pipeline, in what order they will arrive is uncertain. Keep an eye on http://www.postersandtoys.com/ for new stuff.

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