One of my New Year’s resolutions for my blog is to highlight artists that I enjoy — especially printmakers. February provides me with the opportunity to introduce you to James Hubbard, who will have an exhibit at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in February in Bloomington Indiana. For those of you in Bloomington, you can meet James on Friday, February 7th from 5pm until 8pm.
|James Hubbard, Mountain Contours Through Pines. Linoleum Print, 12 x 18in, 2013.|
James will be highlighting both his intaglio (etching) work as well as his linoleum prints. I’m especially drawn to his series “The American West” where he captures the heady smell of pine trees and the rushing sounds of cold mountain streams. Pieces from his “Secret Gardens” series highlight intimate moments in nature that he experiences from his patio in Indiana.
|James Hubbard, Sangre de Cristo. Linoleum Print, 2013.|
James has spent his life in the art world in various ways. He writes, “as a child, I was always experimenting with unconventional art materials — lipstick, talc, baby oil, plaster and scented laundry detergent.” He studied metalsmithing at Indiana University, and then spent three decades as a K – 12 art instructor in the township schools of Indianapolis. Today he teaches in the printmaking program at the Indianapolis Art Center where he continues his experimenting while inspiring others.
|James Hubbard. Alpine Summer — Chambers Lake. Linoleum Print, 10 x 13in, 2013.|
The weather in the Midwest has been frightful this year, but rest assured, the plows and salt trucks of Bloomington do a marvelous job. Make a pilgrimage downtown next Friday night, and enjoy a glass of Oliver Winery’s finest as you get to know James. It will be worth the trip.
|Printmaker James Hubbard at work.|