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New Art Print: “Just A Peek.”

by ncwinters on August 31, 2022

Happy to announce my newest print: “Just a Peek.” It’s the art print version of my recent Dave Matthews Band poster, which has received more positive response than any of my other gig posters to date! I’m humbled by the support of the image.

This piece was designed as an art print from the very beginning. I wanted to do an almost purely natural scene, with emphasis on lighting and depth. I really fell into and had a blast with this piece. The prints are seven colors on both Cougar 100# natural paper stock as well as holographic rainbow foil in three different colorways: “Dusk,” “Nocturne” and “Midnight.” The silver border element features a metallic silver ink which really pops off the paper. For the holographic rainbow foil version, this silver is dropped out with the metallic foil shining through. The final effect of the border, horns and eyes shimmering in holographic reflective foil turned out extremely well and has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. I normally try to avoid using foils for my art prints, but the result for “Just a Peek” turned out incredibly well and I’m excited to have this as an option for this print, in very limited quantities.

Special thanks to Lady Lazarus for their attention and care on the printing. Screenprinting is always a collaboration, and this print (especially the midnight version) could have ended up very differently if they weren’t on their game both in terms of excellent color mixing and tight registration. Thank you to Isaac, Aleisha and the rest of their team as always (now just hurry up on Spring Eternal!).

Additionally, a huge thank you to everyone for their continued support of my work. I’ve been in the weeds in terms of scheduling for a long time now, but after a recent vacation, I’m working to try and get the business side in gear a little better. My goal is to have more efficient turnaround times on shipping, hopefully through the hiring of staff, as well as through other time management solutions. Additionally, my goal is to have a better emphasis on work/life balance to try and get my mental state on a better track. The business has reached a point where I need to make some serious decisions about my time and energy and I’m excited about the possibilities it might open up. Only time will tell.

On to the print!

Just a Peek – “Dusk”
Print size: 18″ x 24″ limited edition of 150.
Seven color screenprint on Cougar 100# natural stock.
Printed by Lady Lazarus.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. $50 each.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Just a Peek – “Dusk” – holographic foil
Print size: 18″ x 24″ limited edition of 50.
Seven color screenprint on holographic rainbow foil.
Printed by Lady Lazarus.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. $125 each.
LIMIT ONE FOIL OF EACH COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Just a Peek – “Nocturne”
Cougar 100# natural stock. Limited edition of 80.
Each print is hand signed & numbered. $55 each.

To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Just a Peek – “Nocturne” – holographic foil
Holographic rainbow foil. Limited edition of 35.
Each print is hand signed & numbered. $135 each.
LIMIT ONE FOIL OF EACH COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Just a Peek – “Midnight”
Cougar 100# natural stock. Limited edition of 60.
Each print is hand signed & numbered. $60 each.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Just a Peek – “Midnight” – holographic foil
Holographic rainbow foil. Limited edition of 30.
Each print is hand signed & numbered. $150 each.
LIMIT ONE FOIL OF EACH COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

detail views.

*NCW*

I’m proud to announce my latest art release in collaboration with the care and craftsmanship of friends at NeonEye Gallery.

“Spring Eternal” is a ‘new’ fine art print release coming this Thursday, April 21 through NeonEye. I say ‘new’ because the original form of the image was as a gig poster for Dave Matthews Band in 2019. As happy as I was with the result at the time, I knew this image was special and that I wanted to push it even further. There was just simply much more I wanted to explore beyond the original form as humble gig poster. While I have released art print versions of gig posters before, this one is unique and markedly different in several ways.

Every gig poster experience (or really, any creative project) has come with the feeling of being hamstrung by time. That there’s never been enough to do everything I want with any creation. For any maker, the adage “It’s not what you make, it’s what you ship” must be paramount, and adhered to diligently. You must live by this mantra and attempt to learn when to stop, let go and be done. Otherwise you ultimately never actually release anything into the world. It’s just the way it works, you’ve got to stop in order to ship.

I know of course there comes a point where I must pull the trigger and stop working, be done and ship. It’s the same for everything I make, a neverending struggle to stop refining and allow something to be “good enough” to send off, whether it’s to a printer for production, a gallery for display, or into the hands of a buyer. I know this feeling is a common one for many artists and makers, but I often tend to view it disparagingly through the lens of someone who has never properly learned when and how to stop, let go, or think anything is good enough.

(I have a hunch this feeling may be universal, and not just reserved for makers.)

Right after the original gig poster was printed and shipped, I got to work on the second incarnation. I knew I wanted to refine the image and push my creative limits. Over the next several months, I punched up the atmospheric depth, added extra colors, refined anatomy, honed in the linework, and tried to finesse the tonal range. I basically tried to improve the design in every way I could. After almost three years to date of refining and enhancing, I’m excited to reveal the rebirth of the work and see its new reception in the world. During the honing process, I also created two brand new additional images that will accent the main for a set of three total prints.

“Spring Eternal” is the return. The inevitable rebirth of Spring that reliably follows the cold dormancy of Winter. The new beginning and hope that comes no matter how cold, dark, and stormy the winter has been. In a season that has felt like a long winter (in so many different ways) it is a good habit to remember that in fact “this too, shall pass.” As trite and pithy as the aphorism is, there’s a reason it continues to have such staying power, and why it seems more important than ever to hold front of mind.

“No matter how dark it has been, the light will inevitably come.”

“A Single Moment,” despite the title, is in fact two individual prints. These accompanying images serve to bookend the Spring season. A singular instant of time, split into a dual experience. First: the opportunity to take a single moment, to be present in the experience and exist entirely within that instance and nowhere else. No past, no future, only present. Second: to recollect and reflect on the memory of the moment after it has passed. To reflect on the experience of a moment after the fact, to be cognizant of the fact that life continues to move inevitably forward, and that we can remember and learn from our past.

A single instant of time, seen in two parts:
The experience of being present in the moment itself.
The calm reflection on the moment after.

NeonEye is producing this entire project. They’re a fine art gallery (and good friends) who have taken a great amount of extra time and care to make these prints come to life in the best form possible. As part of its evolutionary upgrade, the main image of “Spring Eternal” has been given more air to breathe and a higher quality substrate than its predecessor. Before: a modest 6-color 18″ x 24″ gig poster on standard paper stock, the new iteration features 8 total inks and measures 20″ x 27.” This and the two accompanying 10″ x 12″ companion prints are all meticulously screenprinted on heavy, natural fine cotton rag, every piece with hand torn edges. Each print is hand signed, numbered, and embossed with the NeonEye logo, and comes with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity.

To say this print is a collaborative endeavor is an understatement. There’s been more care and hands-on attention with these prints than in anything I’ve ever made. The final package is a set of three limited edition matching numbered prints. All sets come in matching colorways in three different color modes:

“Serene.” Spring can come as a renewal or rebirth. A shrugging off of the chill of dormancy and end to the isolation of winter hibernation. The new season brings a renewed sense of vigor and vitality, marked by vibrant blooms of nature, and the return of flowering organic life. “Serene” blossoms with calm organic greens and warm earthy tones, a celebration of the new natural season.

“Vivid.” While Spring can bring a new season of peace, it can also herald an exciting period of wild and intense change. An extreme awakening that challenges old ideas, punctuated by fierce growth and dynamic new ways of being and seeing the world. “Vivid” bursts in vibrant cyans, pinks, blues and purples. An exciting leap into the future and unknown.

“Nostalgia.” And then there are the memories of past Spring seasons of old. The periods of rebirth and change of yesteryear that now exist only in the rearview mirror, relegated to the scrapbook of memory. Care should be taken not to dwell too much on the past, but the memories of past Spring seasons can be remembered fondly or with melancholy. “Nostalgia” reflects on the past in desaturated sepias, and the faded tones of a distant memory.

The prints will be available exclusively through the NeonEye website tomorrow, April 21 at 3PM CST.

As always, I am forever grateful and humbly thank you for your incredible support of my art.

“Spring Eternal” Serene colorway
Print size: 20″ x 27″ limited edition of 120.

Eight-color screenprint on 110# Cranes Lettra Ecra Cotton Rag.
Edges hand-torn for a unique deckled edge.
Printed by Lady Lazarus.

Each print is hand signed & numbered.
Comes as matching numbered set with “A Single Moment” (Serene colorway)
$90 each.
Available exclusively through NeonEye.

“A Single Moment”
Set of two prints – Serene colorway
Set of two 10″ x 12″ prints. limited edition of 120.
Eight-color screenprint on 110# Cranes Lettra Ecra Cotton Rag.
Edges hand-torn for a unique deckled edge.
Printed by Lady Lazarus.

Each print is hand signed & numbered.
Comes as matching numbered set with “Spring Eternal” (Serene colorway)
$90 each.
Available exclusively through NeonEye.

“Spring Eternal” Vivid colorway
Print size: 20″ x 27″ limited edition of 80.

Eight-color screenprint on 110# Cranes Lettra Ecra Cotton Rag.
Edges hand-torn for a unique deckled edge.
Printed by Lady Lazarus.

Each print is hand signed & numbered.
Comes as matching numbered set with “A Single Moment” (Vivid colorway)
$120 each.
Available exclusively through NeonEye.

“A Single Moment”
Set of two prints – Vivid colorway
Set of two 10″ x 12″ prints. limited edition of 80.
Eight-color screenprint on 110# Cranes Lettra Ecra Cotton Rag.
Edges hand-torn for a unique deckled edge.
Printed by Lady Lazarus.

Each print is hand signed & numbered.
Comes as matching numbered set with “Spring Eternal” (Vivid colorway)
$120 each.
Available exclusively through NeonEye.

“Spring Eternal” Nostalgia colorway
Print size: 20″ x 27″ limited edition of 50.

Eight-color screenprint on 110# Cranes Lettra Ecra Cotton Rag.
Edges hand-torn for a unique deckled edge.
Printed by Lady Lazarus.

Each print is hand signed & numbered.
Comes as matching numbered set with “A Single Moment” (Nostalgia colorway)
$140 each.
Available exclusively through NeonEye.

“A Single Moment”
Set of two prints – Nostalgia colorway
Set of two 10″ x 12″ prints. limited edition of 50.
Five-color screenprint on 110# Cranes Lettra Ecra Cotton Rag.
Edges hand-torn for a unique deckled edge.
Printed by Lady Lazarus.

Each print is hand signed & numbered.
Comes as matching numbered set with “Spring Eternal” (Nostalgia colorway)
$140 each.
Available exclusively through NeonEye.

*NCW*

New Primus Gig Poster!

by ncwinters on October 6, 2021

New Primus!

Maybe my favorite poster to date. I know I often say “I had an absolute blast working on this one” but this one truly was a total joy, and fun to push in a more natural direction. When I say ‘natural direction’ I mean that I pivoted away from my usual: a heavy focus on the technical setup of designing art for screenprint. Instead, this time I played with a new setup where I was able to focus more purely on just the art side of things. I’m extremely happy with the result.

I do have to give special attention to Isaac and Aleisha at Lady Lazarus for doing more of the heavy lifting on file setup than usual to make this pivot possible. I try to make my files as printer-friendly as possible (not always a victory) but on this one, I left more of the technical to them and they really made the final print sing.

The poster is for last Tuesday’s sold out show at the Beacon Theater in New York City (oh how I miss you sometimes, NYC). For Primus’ “Tribute to Kings” Tour, they’ve been playing Rush’s “A Farewell to Kings” album in its entirety. While AFtK definitely has a different vibe than other Rush albums, I couldn’t help but push the envelope in terms of visual madness as tribute to both bands.

I have a stack of the show copies available for sale as well as very limited quantities in two artist variant colorways: “Ice” (blues) and “Fire” (reds, natch). The foils in the variant colorways turned out extremely well. I used a white base for the main image with strategic cutouts for the foil to pop through. I built the white base into a “marbleized” pattern over the foil which gives the final foil a lava foil look. Extremely happy with the result.

The prints will drop this coming Friday, October 8. As always, to get the exact drop time, be sure you’re signed up to the newsletter in the sidebar. Newsletter subscribers get the exact drop time emailed to them in advance, I will warn that there has been MASSIVE interest in these, and there are quite limited quantities. Keep in mind that there are far more interested buyers than prints, so there are limits of no more than one kind of each print per person. No doubles of any single print available: orders of duplicates will be cancelled.

Good luck, and on to the prints!

Primus “A Tribute to Kings” gig poster:
September 28, 2021 Beacon Theater in New York, New York

Show Version
Print size: 18″ x 24″ limited edition of 335 (only 60 available).

Seven color screenprint on Cougar 100# natural stock.
Printed by Lady Lazarus.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. $60 each.
STRICT LIMIT OF ONE OF EACH KIND OF PRINT PER PERSON/PURCHASE/HOUSEHOLD!
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Artist Variant: “Ice” version
Print size: 18″ x 24″ limited edition of 55.

Seven color screenprint on Cougar 100# natural stock.
Printed by Lady Lazarus.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. $75 each.
Hand Embellished version (edition of 5): $275 each.
STRICT LIMIT OF ONE OF EACH KIND OF PRINT PER PERSON/PURCHASE/HOUSEHOLD!
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Artist Variant: “Fire” version
Print size: 18″ x 24″ limited edition of 35.

Seven color screenprint on Cougar 100# natural stock.
Printed by Lady Lazarus.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. $85 each.
Hand Embellished version (edition of 5): $275 each.
STRICT LIMIT OF ONE OF EACH KIND OF PRINT PER PERSON/PURCHASE/HOUSEHOLD!
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

“Ice” version on holographic rainbow foil
Print size: 18″ x 24″ limited edition of 25.

Eight color screenprint on holographic rainbow foil.
Printed by Lady Lazarus.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. $175 each.
STRICT LIMIT OF ONE OF EACH KIND OF PRINT PER PERSON/PURCHASE/HOUSEHOLD!
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

“Fire” version on holographic rainbow foil
Print size: 18″ x 24″ limited edition of 10.

Seven color screenprint on holographic rainbow foil.
Printed by Lady Lazarus.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. $200 each.
STRICT LIMIT OF ONE OF EACH KIND OF PRINT PER PERSON/PURCHASE/HOUSEHOLD!
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

detail views.

*NCW*