Jay Arpin

The Flood

I fell in love with Printmaking during my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. I was drawn to the variety, flexibility and surprises inherent in the process. My preference for drawing and working in black and white is celebrated in the nuances of cutting the linoleum, etching the plate, applying the ink and pulling the print; the variety in texture, value and contrast that come from black ink on paper is thrilling. My work explores themes of nature, portraiture, and time. Currently, I am working on a body of work that examines humanity’s complex relationship with the Industrial Revolution, further technological advancements and the consequences for the future. Embodied in the strong graphic sensibility of my work, are inspirations from music, expressionism, film noir and comic book art.