Art Under Pressure - A Life in Printmaking
Jan. 13 - Feb. 28
Anthony DiMichele is a professional printmaker who, in the mid-1980’s, studied Intaglio and Relief printmaking techniques with Peter Ramsey, via The Experimental College in Seattle, Washington; and became a founding member of Presswork, a Seattle-based printmaking collective. He specialized in Mezzotint, after residencies in Nantes, France, studying under the master Mezzotint artist Laurent Schkolnyk.
While in Seattle, Anthony taught printmaking to developmentally disabled adults, as an instructor for Creative Living. From the late 1990’s to 2020, he was an active member of the arts community in Friday Harbor, Washington, where he was a founding member of another artists’ collective, known as The Collective; manager of Studio7 gallery & printmaking studio; a private art instructor and guest teacher at Skagit Valley Community College, Friday Harbor branch. Anthony was a participating artist, as well as employee of, the San Juan Island Museum of Art.
Relocating to South Dakota, in 2020, Anthony established a new printmaking studio and gallery, Cloud Shadow Studio, in Wakonda, SD, where he currently works and teaches, and exhibits his and other artists’ works in printmaking and photography.
Printmaking has always challenged me to find unexpected ways to create an image – on metal plates, blocks of wood or other materials. From traditional methods to experiments, I have always been enthusiastic about these processes – from conception, to plate work and finally the printing itself, through an etching press. The original plates and blocks, from which a print on paper is made, are quite often objects of beauty themselves.
The art of printmaking is a slow, manual process. It takes time. This is another aspect of printmaking which I particularly appreciate. The time it takes to make an etching or engraving gives me extra time to consider changes and the opportunity to develop the image further than originally planned.