Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Artist Feature | Sam Cikauskas


As always I discovered Sam Cikauskas (Sam Cik) while scrolling the Discover tab on Instagram. I'd never really come across some of the art Sam creates before and it was flipping great. While he may not have been the first to do this style he was the first I discovered. Sam lives in Colorado, where he studied his Masters of Fine Art and has his work in collections around the world including Ireland, Australia, and the UAE. 

Primarily a printmaker, Sam does the regular carve wood and print onto paper type of printmaking (shown in the image above). But he also paints and sells his carvings as art. I swear this isn't new but I just fell in love with his plant woodcuts so much I wanted to share them with you (right). I liked the fact that the way he carved these pieces meant they worked both as a print and as an object and sometimes with printmaking it doesn't matter what the carving looks like as long as whatever it prints looks nice. If you look at his Instagram, there's a lot of videos showing his process of carving, painting, and inking. They're fascinating to watch!

Ever since doing a lot of letterpress and printmaking last year at University I've been wanting to get back into it and do some personal projects but let's just say that hasn't happened yet. I've bought the things I need to make things, it's just currently sitting on my desk doing nothing. I think it will be fun, once I get started, to plan a piece that can both 'make art' and 'be art' like Sam does. 

If you want to check out more of his work, I totally recommend you at least chuck him a follow on Instagram, here are his links: 
https://samcik.carbonmade.com/
https://www.instagram.com/sam_cik/
http://samcik.bigcartel.com/

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