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Grateful Bears

Posted in Art, Printmaking with tags , , , , , , , on March 20, 2017 by josean

I recently finished up these two linocuts, inspired by the Grateful Dead Bears.  They were originally sketches for a Splintered Sunlight poster I worked on a couple months ago, but I put them aside and forgot about the until recently.  I have been working  mainly with linocuts this year, and was eager to find something new to carve.  The first bear is a mashup between a bear and the skull and roses image (aka Bertha), and the second is an accurate bear skull. I’ve also be trying out new printmaking techniques, so the Bertha Bear is a 3 color reduction print, and I plan to do some handcolored versions of the other bear.  I currently have a small edition of both (or as a set) in my shop.

I’m also currently working on a shop that focuses on my printmaking work.  It’s a work in progess, so more items are being added constantly, both old and current prints.

Cumberland Blues

Posted in Art, Printmaking with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2017 by josean


I recently finished up this linocut inspired by the song “Cumberland Blues” by the Grateful Dead.  My largest print to date (12×18), this was quite a challenge since I was using a soft cut linoblock, which has the tendency to move when lots of pressure is applied.  The print came out better than expected, and I ended up making 2 variations.


The regular edition was printed on 14.5×22 90lb cream paper and limited to an edition of 50.  The variant was printed on 15×22 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper (hand colored to create a “tie-dye” effect), and  limited to an edition of 25. Both are currently available in my shop:

Characters Welcome 5

Posted in Art, Printmaking with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2016 by josean


Tonight is the opening of Characters Welcome 5 at Tattooed Mom‘s in Philly! The show, which features sticker art from around the world, starts at 7pm (21+), with an all ages show Saturday 1-5pm. Plenty of my stickers will be in the show,  and as in previous years, the boards of stickers are available for sale and 100% of the profits benefit youth art programs.

I was lucky enough to have been asked again to help set up for the show, which involves hours of peeling stickers from my favorite artists and sticking them on boards (with the occasional poutine break). This year, the sizes of the boards vary (12×12 to 2ftx4ft), so you’ll be able to find a board that fits your wall space.


A few of the stickers I made for the show.

The best part of this show is that it brings in street artists from all over the place (Philly and beyond) for a night where the stickers flow freely.  I’ll be giving stickers out to anyone who wants one, as well as some new block prints!  See you there!

Block and Roll

Posted in Printmaking with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2013 by josean



2013 started off on a roll (pardon the pun).  I had been previously making some simple block prints (mainly examples that I’d use in class) which I’d make stickers out of, but I hadn’t really worked seriously with lino blocks since college.

Older blocks from 2012

Older blocks from 2012



Getting some new blades motivated me to work detailed again.  My first couple prints were more studies than anything, making block print versions of several drawings/paintings I had done previously.




Dino Saint


Madonna and Child

The Prophet




More blocks are upcoming, And these are all currently available through Etsy!





Rites and Wrongs of Man

Posted in Art, Printmaking with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by josean

One of my favorite pieces, but one that has rarely been seen.  A  20 by 24 inch multiplace intaglio (19), this was a daunting task.  5 were printed, each one taking several hours to prep each plate and setting it up on the press.  Of these 5, only 1 is available for sale.  This was completed in the summer of 2004 in about a  6 week period.  It’s more a less a conglomeration  of religious and philisophical things that had my interest at the time.  Religious symbology had been prominent in a lot of my work, heavily influenced by my childhood in Italy.  The Divine Comedy by Dante was an inspiration as well.  I combined these things with the current state of the nation back in 01-04 to create a visual map of sorts.  More of a spiritual than a religious person, I have always found a fascination of symbology in general.  This was the end result

                    I                                              II                                                III

(I) Then I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns. And written on each head were names that blasphemed God. This beast looked like a leopard, but it had the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion! And the dragon gave the beast his own power and throne and great authority.                                                                                                                                        Revelation 13:1-2

 (II) And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done.                                  Daniel 11:36-38

(III) After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.                Daniel 7:7-8

(Middle) Ascension to Paradiso (Dante)

(Left) Romulus and Remus (founders of Rome) suckled by a she-wolf after being left in the forest. Legend has it that Romulus killed his brother during an argument over where to locate Rome.

(Right) Nero playing the fiddle as Rome burns. Although only a rumor (and it would’ve been a lyre, no fiddles back then), Nero had become the scapegoat , which he in turn deflected to early Christians.

Circle of Life showing man’s influence in nature. Surrounding it are the positive and negative aspects of life. Mass of people at bottom inspired by Michelangelo’s Last Judgment, located behind the alter of the Sistine Chapel.


(Middle) Descent into the Inferno, Satan as described in Dante’s Inferno as being trapped in ice for personal treachery against God. He is waist deep in ice, and beats his wings as if trying to escape, but the icy wind that emanates only further ensures his imprisonment.

(Left) Banishment of the fallen angels.

(Right) Archangel Michael defeating Satan

(Left) The greedy line their pockets as they make wartime deals. The puppet king is oblivious that they hands that run his strings are more concerned with success of their business partners than the well being of a nation. These events are unwilling supported by the people, whose money and livelihoods are on the table being dealt away.

(Right) Icarus falls after flying to close to the sun. Man struggles against the constriction of Ignorance to reach Inspiration. She offers him knowledge that can better the world or destroy it. Icarus uses his inspiration to fly, only to fall after getting to close to the sun (melting his wax wings).

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: (this edition printed backwards)


When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”

Revelation 6:5-6


When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

Revelation 6:7-8


When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a huge sword.

Revelation 6:3-4


I watched as the lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Revelation 6:1-2

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Esther Series

Posted in Art, Printmaking with tags , , , , on February 11, 2010 by josean

This is a suite based off of a Phish song called “Esther”.  A young girl receives a mysterious doll, with nothing good coming out of it.  Block prints 2003

Update: Prints now available!

..And she stared at the bucket bewildered
Til he lifted the doll for the young girl to see

And a giant smile grew on her face

And she thanked the man quickly and ran to the church
And she burst through the door with puppet held high
And a hush filled the chapel, and the people looked mean

But the wind was blowing harder
And her skirt began to billow
Until finally her feet began to lift
And she rose above the houses and the people
And the chimneys
And Esther and the doll were set adrift

And she began to plummet earthward till she
Landed in the nasty part of town

When suddenly she felt a tiny tugging at her toe.
And the puppet she’d forgotten wrapped it’s tiny
Little arms around her ankle and wouldn’t let her go.

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Posted in Art, Printmaking with tags , , , , , , on February 11, 2010 by josean

Only the Dead See the End of War (first stage) Intaglio 2003.  First etching I did.

Untitled  2003 block print.  First block print.

block print prints

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