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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Had a fantastic trip to Ohio State University earlier this month. Got to work with a dynamic group of printmaking students and their professor Sergio Soave. Sergio and I have known each other for many years going back to a visiting gig I did at West Virginia University in the 90’s. Thanks to Adam, Allison and Sarah of the Student Printmaking Association for being such excellent hosts. Below are images of a print mural we made. 120 linocut prints, measuring 9′ x 60′. I also visited Ohio University. More about that soon.

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The crew!

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The wall.

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!

I’ve recently installed a mural at Greenhill Gallery in Greensboro, NC. Its part of the ANIMATED! exhibit that will be up from September 6 – November 9. Here’s a stop-motion video of the work in progress.

Here’s some good press about Fick and Supergraphic in The Durham News. Thanks to Deborah Meyer for the article and Harry Lynch for the photos.
Read the article HERE

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If you’re in NYC later this week check out the Evil Prints booth at the E/AB Fair. Dolores, one of my recent prints (published by Evil Prints), will be on view.

Dolores, Linocut, 2012, 30" x 25"

Dolores, Linocut, 2012, 30″ x 25″

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Save the date! Saturday August 15, 2020 10am - 5pm SOUTHEASTERN ZINE FEST Very excited to be helping organize this event @seccacontempart We hope to get a huge group of tablers from all over the southeast and beyond. Amazing venue! Registration information coming soon. Thanks to @matthewtauch for the graphic. #zines #diypublishing #zinefest #zine #zinemaking #printedmatter @tristinmillerartist @gsozinefest
ZINE POWER 💥💥💥 Check out this exhibit @uncwilmington @cabartgallery I’ll be there giving a talk and workshop about zines and other printed matter. Date: 2/27. #zines #printedmatter @tristinmillerartist #zinemachine @bubbles_zine @mangaberg @seccacontempart @matthewtauch @biovarg
Getting excited about my upcoming @speedball_art Roadshow Tour stop in Boston. As always, will be spreading the gospel of print with my good buddy @electriccalavera We’ll be making stops @smfaattufts @massartboston @lesleyuniversity @harvardartmuseums Double Trouble means printmaking magic ✨✨✨✨✨ #printmaking #screenprinting #reliefprintmaking #ink
Supergraphic Warehouse, a new alternative project space, will be presenting The Radical Repair Workshop on February 13th from 6pm - 8:30pm. Supergraphic Warehouse is located at unit 2220L in the Ample Storage facility at 2240 Dominion Street in Durham. The Radical Repair Workshop is a pop-up art experience housed inside a 1966 Frolic camper. The project encourages participants and viewers to consider their relationship to mending, sentimental objects, single-use items, and radical (potentially non-functional) modes of repair. Inside the camper you’ll find an art studio, a gallery of repaired items, and space for hands-on workshops. Items that have been donated by the public or scavenged by sculptor Julia Gartrell are taken in, assessed, and “repaired” in a manner aligning to their history. The “repairs” these items undergo may be technically non-functional or “productive” but they relate to a sculptural investigation of the object’s story, level of decay, and psychic/emotional energy. The approach to mending will be non-traditional—the item may not actually be “fixed,” but it will be transformed into a permanent art object, thus realigning our relationship to its “value.” The repaired items join the archive of the Radical Repair Workshop, along with their story, to be shared with future audiences along the journey of the project. Julia is interested in an anti-capitalist approach to the art object, and hopes that the Radical Repair Workshop encourages participants to accept “failure” as an actual form of success (as described by Judith Halberstam in The Queer Art of Failure). The repairs will take cues from Gartrell’s research into the creativity cultivated when resources are limited, such as in models of creative reuse and the escape of functional fixedness found in the face of scarcity. Modes of mending will vary depending on the item, but the Radical Repair Workshop is stocked with both traditional and non-traditional mending supplies ranging from string, tape, glue, and hardware to clay, dust, organic materials, and psychic energy. Results may be fleeting, ephemeral, or more permanent in nature, depending on the item being “repaired.”

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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