Chuck Olson is a painter who has recently (2015) reentered the world of printmaking, specifically in large scale, multicolored lithography under the advice and expertise of Mr. Michael Raburn, master printmaker, of Amarillo, Texas. Mr. Raburn, who prints for Edwards Ruscha, was commissioned by West Texas A&M University to collaborate with Chuck Olson to realize a series of lithographs; 5 of which were completed over the last 3 years.
In this digital age of Giclee and JPEG “printing” it seems anachronistic to march back to a hand made print process that finds itself on the cusp of cultural extinction. However, what is old can truly be new again in that the action of hand and eye with traditional materials can reveal cutting edge possibilities within a world of screens in which hands off printing is ubiquitous.
These prints are much like painting in development and effect. They touch on my recurring themes of the monument, the historic landscape, and the object/artifact executed through the course of 28-45 color plates, driven with a painter’s deliberation.
See more of Chuck’s work here