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My show at SECCA, Chamber of Chills, has been extended to August 7th.

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If you happen to be in the Winston-Salem, NC area from now until late July check out my show at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA). Its called Chamber of Chills and consists of hundreds of linocuts and screen prints pasted to the walls and floor. The title is based on a horror comic book series from the 1950s of the same title.

This installation is part of an ongoing series at  SECCA called 12 x 12. “12 x 12 gives artists from across North Carolina a public platform for continued artistic development and recognition in the place where they live and work, and beyond. At the same time, the series aims to push conversation around contemporary art forward and to consider the significance of localism as a curatorial framework. What does it mean to these artists to be working in the South and Southeast today, especially after the Internet and Globalization?”

Chamber of Chills view

Chamber of Chills installation

The most recent version of Scary Wall (#3) is currently on view at the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art as part of the OUT OF PRINT exhibit.

Link to a video about the show HERE.

On view from March 19th 2016 – May 29th 2016

“Out of Print features artists that are part of the New Contemporary movement who work primarily with printmaking. Each of the artists chosen for this exhibition push the boundaries of printmaking and challenge the traditional modes of this particular art form that has been practiced by artists for centuries. Exhibiting artists include: Bill Fick, Chuck Sperry, Crystal Wagner, Dennis McNett, Greg Gossel, Morning Breath, Ravi Zupa, and Troy Lovegates.”

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Scary Wall #3, Linocut prints, 2016, 8′ x 8′. Photo by Josef Zimmerman

Last month I spent two days working with printmaking students at Meredith College. Thanks to Prof. Cameron Johnson for having me in! We also ran a t-shirt printing jam session – lots o’ shirts printed! Below photos by Bekah Morton

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Cameron Johnson and Bill Fick

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The PULL exhibit that Beth Grabowski, Lisa Pierce and I curated at the Weems Gallery, Meredith College just closed (1/28/16 – 3/27/16). It was terrific show – thanks Lisa! Also, thanks to all the artists that participated! Work by these artists can be found in the Fick/Grabowski printmaking book.

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Installation view (Weems Gallery) of Exit Light, Enter Night. Two linocut prints + printed wood panels. Photo by Bekah Morton

 

I’ve started printing a block of my favorite new character – Klovis Der Kat. Stay tuned for more feline fun!

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If you happen to be staying at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, NC look for my Skull and Zombie images on the elevator doors on floors 3 – 6. There will be a 3rd Friday opening for this work and work by other local artists on April 17th starting at 6pm. Vitrine Artists Reception

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In early October I was a visiting art in the Printmaking Area at the Ohio University School of Fine Art + Design. We did a lot of printing in preparation for The Honey For the Heart parade that took place on October 26th. The prints were repurposed to be made in to masks, costumes and puppets. Lots of hard work by the students and faculty. Thanks to Art Werger and Karla Hackenmiller for hosting me. While there I got to meet and hangout with the masterminds behind the Honey For the Heart parade Patty Mitchell and Robert Lockheed. Also got to meet Minneapolis puppet maker extraordinaire Daniel Polnau. These folks know how to put on a parade – fantastic!!! Super happy to be included.

Photos by John Sattler

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HFTH 2

I’ve got a few images in the GRAPHIC; Drawings & Prints show at FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC. Here’s an example of one of the screenprint and ink images that I’ve been making – 3 of them are in the show. Exhibit runs from May 6 – July 5.

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Untitled Comics Head. 16″ x 20″, ink/brush and screen print.

“This video, created by Harrison Moenich, shows the process of making REFLECTIONS, an original 2,500 square foot screen printed collage created by a team of printmakers/volunteers over the course of five months in 2013. Inspired by our 50th anniversary and led by artist Bill Fick, this group of artists created a screen printed collage for the True F. Luck Gallery that celebrates the many people, places, materials, and milestones that have shaped our community art center over the past 50 years.”

Big Thanks to Caroline Wright!

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Exploring the possibility of making a print studio in a 20’ box truck. Testing out how it might work with @biovarg and @matthewtauch Thinking it would be a great way to spread the gospel of print! Would love to hear from others about portable studios or truck studios. #portablestudio #studioonwheels #screenprinting #screenmachine #screenprintshop #diyscreenprinting #printingpress #printtruck
Just finished giving my new @speedball_art 12” x 24” etching press with gear drive and metal bed a test drive and am very very happy with the performance 👌👌👌💥💥💥. Felt it was appropriate to proof a Mr. Bones block as I used #supergraphicblack Also very excited to use the brand new Arnhem 1618, 245 gsm, 22” x 30” Kraft colored paper. It prints beautifully! There is also a grey and black. Coming soon!!! Thanks team Speedball!!! Can’t wait to use the press when traveling around spreading the gospel of printmaking! #printposse #etchingpress #reliefprint #reliefprinting #reliefprintmaking #linocut #printmaking #fineartpaper
My head is about to explode because of all the amazing imagery in Mexico City! Today it was the #fridakahlo museum. I like her paintings but her #papiermache puppets are super amazing! ❤️❤️❤️❤️them!!! #puppets #calaverasmexicanas #mexicanart
Scored some nice #risograph stuff @_macolen in Mexico City. Check it out if you like cool graphic design and up to date illustration work. Also have a look at their IG where you’ll see some funky dancing! #zinemachine #graphicdesign #illustration

New Printmaking Book

The second edition of my printmaking book (coauthored with Beth Grabowski) is now available. Its published by Laurence King, London. You can also find it on Amazon and other major online book sellers.

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SPEEDBALL PRO RELIEF INK!

If you want a super reliable, very rich black ink try Speedball's SUPERGRAPHIC BLACK by Bill Fick. It's oil-based but cleans up with soap and water!

I Luv Linoleum

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Where to buy linoleum

The best place to buy linoleum is Dick Blick. Choose from a variety of pre-cut sizes or by the role. Battleship Gray is best.

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