I’ve drawn since I could hold a pencil and began formal training at 19 while working in illustration and metal design. Commercial work came easily and was time consuming so I tended to gravitate to teachers for specific skills rather than degree programs. My first real graphic arts teacher was Western photographer, Jay Dusard, at Prescott College.
After moving to Phoenix at age 26 and signing up for drawing classes, I came upon a deserted printing press in the Graphic Arts Department at GCC. Printmaker Mirta Hamilton was heading up the Department then and was good enough to work with me in extended studio classes to learn the fine art of printmaking. (See “What Is An Etching?”). There was just something about that elegant, antique machine. For the first time I felt what it was to be in the right place doing exactly the right thing.
Continuing on to the Graphic Arts Department at ASU to study in the University’s downright glamorous printmaking studio, I ended up purchasing my own press to set up shop at home. It was then I founded MoonLogic Press and co-founded “Red Dog Gallery” in the burgeoning art scene in downtown Phoenix.
We moved up to the mountains of northern Arizona where I’ve completed three of the book projects that often culminate from my tendency to work in series that turn into actual stories. They’re all storybooks–two for grown-ups and one for children. Each has won placement in book festivals in San Francisco and London–the highest placed being “An Idiot’s Tale: The Lost Writings of Rapunzel” which won first place in the short story category at the London Book Festival in 2013.
My images come up through dreams or imagination and the process of doing the art is one of benign exorcism to get them out of my head. I’m a storyteller by nature, through words and pictures. Some stories can be told through one picture and others may unfold through a series of them.
I’m currently studying oil painting with contemporary figurative painter, Paul Abbott, and working on another book project. I’ve designed dozens of products, available through my studio, which can be accessed through this site. Being a “fine art” artist with a “graphic arts” heart, I long to connect my pictures with the people they speak to, beyond the bounds of the fine art world. The most important moments to me are when non-art people describe getting one of my pictures stuck in their heads.
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Robin Lieske (LIS-key)