My journey into printmaking is informed by early work in the screen-printing industry. After graduating from the University of Oregon in Fine and Applied arts, I went to work at Bay Street Productions in Oregon as a color matcher and screen-printer for fine custom wallpapers. From there I’ve built a busy full time studio practice, making art daily. In addition to printmaking, I work in painting, ceramics, jewelry, fabric and combined techniques.The ancient tradition of the print is always at the heart of the work. Now decades into this journey, the pleasure of process and a newfound freedom with materials and techniques keeps it all moving into new territory. I make prints not as copies or reproductions at all. Silkscreen yields the jazzy and juicy layers of color, and clear shapes. Intaglio and monotype renders deep blacks of varying densities and values. Chine collé provides “moving parts” in the form of favored shapes and colors. Layering of colors, use of multiple plates, evolving plates, and marks allows the medium to “talk back” at some point. I treat printmaking as an open ended and ongoing investigation into a hidden world.Most recently I have established screen-printing courses at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington, and at the Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland, Washington. In 2014 I taught a reduction screen-print workshop in Venice, Italy at the Scuola di Grafica. I worked in 2015 at the Skopelos Foundation in Greece. I am an active member of Print Arts Northwest, Seattle Print Arts, and Los Angeles Printmakers Society. Many of the hand-printed silkscreen prints are placed in national and international collections. At present my studios in Kirkland Washington, and in Downtown Los Angeles are open by appointment.While all this history is of value, real life is lived in the joy of process, in a world of visual wonder. My mission is to continue to share it, and to live it fully every day.
Moving through the artistic process intuitively and without conscious
thought, Colleen Premer taps into her artistic soul to produce balanced and harmonious compositions.
This southern California printmaker is lured by the world of monotype and
monoprint for the immediacy of results, but she also lends her creative hand to
encaustic painting and intaglio printmaking.
Colleen is highly influenced by her artist mother, Elaine Kennedy, who
was an acclaimed local painter and printmaker. She was exposed to the art world
at an early age through her mother’s circle of friends and the many art shows,
exhibitions and gatherings they frequented together. Although Colleen has a
journalism degree and an M.S. in clinical psychology, her passion for art kept tugging at her heart. She
eventually discovered printmaking at the Idyllwild School of Music and the
Ranging from abstracted shapes to intricate design, Colleen’s
body of work takes its inspiration from observed line, shape and color. She
often contrasts recognizable elements, like a spinning Ferris wheel, with
shadowed spheres and elongated patterns. Her
creativity doesn’t stop there! Colleen also
works with chine colle, image transfer and printers inks for a multi-layered
print that is steeped in meaning. Some of her more recent works have embedded
excerpts of letters written by Colleen’s mother, creating timeless memories.
Always pushing herself
to solve a problem from a different angle, Colleen’s work reinvents the
familiar to present it in a new and unusual way. Her recent Tattoo Truck linocut relief print boldly presents
the cab of a big rig head on. With careful control, Colleen has carved and
outlined tattooed flames licking the outer shell of the cab. Rougher cuts add dimension within the
image’s background. Colleen’s inspiration largely is drawn from her attraction
to the clean lines and human-like features of cars and trucks. Additionally,
the methods and history of Japanese printmaking and artistry (including the
culture’s unique take on tattoos) intrigue Colleen. The result is
Ever changing, always
experimenting, creating beauty out
of the mundane, Colleen surprises us with a greater level of
sophistication every time we see her newest works. And, we would love to share
them with you!
Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art” with Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala
Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 1-4, 2020.
The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe! This unique collaborative art project will continue to grow and travel. Help us find the next venues! And stay posted on all the news when you follow the ImMigration project on Facebook and Instagram!