Solo en Papel: 30 Años de Grabados
“Solo en Papel: 30 Años de Grabados”
(“Alone on Paper: 30 years of Printmaking”)
Buell Theatre Lobby
Jan. 20 – April 7, 2024
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Month of Printmaking (Mo’Print). Started in 2014, Mo’Print is a biennial event celebrating the fine art of making original, hand-crafted prints with the purpose to inspire, provide accessible education opportunities to the public, and promote awareness of educational events in the Denver metropolitan area, the front range region and throughout Colorado.
This exhibition is open to ticketholders for Buell Theatre events, during the related events listed below, or by appointment by emailing Shanna.Shelby@denvergov.org.
A Colorado artist whose family goes back 16 generations, Emilio Lobato has a large collection of creations spanning his 30-year career. While also well known for his paintings, with artwork included in galleries across the United States, he has also gained recognition for his classic, calm, serene printworks, which is why we are highlighting this body of work in conjunction with Mo’Print. His prints on display on the first floor are intriguing because of his sensitivity to the paper he uses in his work, often including antique, handmade and found paper, as well as new. His unique use of margins draws the viewer to focus more intently on the print, inspiring a sense of melancholy and contemplation. His collection of rubber semi-sculptural works is a newer series, through which he experiments with a media not normally associated with fine art. However, the effect is sophisticated and modern with a surprising sense of luxury for an industrial material. The artwork displayed on the third floor provides an interesting juxtaposition to the prints found on the first floor.
- Shanna Shelby, curator of exhibitions for Denver Arts & Venues
All works are courtesy of the William Havu Gallery. For sales inquiries, please contact the gallery: firstname.lastname@example.org.
My first foray into printmaking began at Colorado College in the very early 1980s under the tutelage of Mary Chenoweth. There I produced my very first woodcuts. It wasn’t till the early 1990s that I returned to making prints in earnest. I jumped into monotypes partly because a friend of mine had just begun to explore monotypes and I was intrigued. To share studio costs, my friend and I enlisted the help of master printers Michael Vigil and Randall LaGro in Taos, New Mexico. We soon discovered Hand Graphics in Santa Fe and began printing there. By trial and error, I spent the next 20 years perfecting chine colle (a collage technique used in monotype printmaking), among other techniques. In the past five years, I’ve worked with Marina Ancona, a master printer who I first worked with at Hand Graphics.
I fell in love with monotype, because unlike painting, results are achieved relatively quickly, working through concepts of composition and color. Of all printmaking techniques, monotype is a particular favorite way for me, I can use all my favorite materials such as paint and various paper types including handmade, found, antique or new, on a scale that’s very different from my paintings. The process is consuming physically, as well as requiring space and equipment that dictates total immersion.
I often travel to New Mexico and enlist the assistance of master printers. I have learned so much through these collaborative efforts. On several occasions, I produced works with Colorado artist/printmaker, Mark Lunning.
I could wax poetic about monotypes. It’s almost as if fairies live inside presses who work their magic. Every time I pull a print, there is enchantment that only magic could have induced. I am constantly surprised and gratified with what I discover with each print.
Emilio Lobato is a Colorado artist, born and raised in San Pablo, a village seven miles from San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado. Of Spanish Colonial ancestry, Lobato is the 16th generation of his father’s family in the U.S. In 1982, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Colorado College, where he studied with printmaker and painter Mary Chenoweth and sculptor Carl Reed. Lobato’s work has been represented in galleries nationally and is included in the countless private and public collections nationally and internationally. Lobato has lived and worked in Denver since 1985.