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Artist: Jake Longstreth

23″ x 17"
Hand-pulled serigraph

14 colors
Coventry rag 290gsm
Deckled edges
Edition of 35

From the Artist:

This print is based on a small oil painting I did a few years ago. It shows a mature cottonwood tree in the midday summer sun in a field of yellowed grass.  What a shady respite this tree would be for birds, animals and for us.   Of course trees are infinitely detailed, so the difficulty is finding a simplified language to convey the richness of reality.  Screen printing really makes you slow down and take a second look.  I loved working with Serio Press –– I think we came up with a picture that is both graphic and atmospheric –– a lovely contradiction to explore in printmaking.  

From the studio:

Serio Press is excited to collaborate with artist Jake Longstreth, bringing his native flora to life in an edition of silkscreen prints. 

In order to do so, Jake joined us in our Pasadena studio to separate color layers by painting on film to capture the shadows and leaves of the tree. Graphic yet retaining the fluidity of the artist's hand, Longstreth's "Cottonwood" is a visual oasis, channeling nature's tranquility in an increasingly human world.

Artist Bio:

Jake Longstreth is best-known for his paintings depicting trees and landscapes distinct to Southern California, as well as architectural monuments to commercial hubs of the 1990s. The artist’s thinly veiled painterly tone is epitomized by the glowing, gradating skies where rich blues seamlessly fade into filthy browns and ashen greys. Longstreth straddles a line between humor, beauty and a frank appraisal of what we’ve built – for better or worse. Both themes, taken together, demonstrate Longstreth’s interest in the broad cultural and economic forces literally shaping our world.

Exhibitions include Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles and Brussels; Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco; Crisp Ellert Museum, St. Augustine, Florida; Monya Rowe Gallery, New York; M Woods, Beijing; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles and Mahan Gallery, Columbus.

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