Upcoming Exhibits

Michael Keyes: Stories & Seasons in Woodcut

Michael Keyes: Stories & Seasons in Woodcut

On Exhibit

July 1 to August 31, 2015
Gallery, Third Floor
Health Sciences Library

Opening Reception

August 7, 2015
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Reading Room, Third Floor
Health Sciences Library

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Michael Keyes -- Artist's website

Stories & Seasons: Woodcuts by Michael Keyes
Aurora Cultural Arts District, November-December 2014

Keyes’ Process:
Woodcut printmaking is the process of cutting a picture into a block of wood with a small knife and gouges. The block is then inked with a roller and black printers’ ink.  It can be printed by using a press, but is often printed by using a wooden spoon, or similar tool to rub the back of paper that is laid onto the inked block. It is in the category of relief printmaking, that is, printing the ink that is on the surface of a material (as opposed to an etching, where the ink is in the lines below the surface).  The advantage and challenge is making powerful pictures, using the stark black and white shapes made from the knife and gouge cuts and marks, and the grain characteristics of the surface of the wood. Read more

ILLUSTRATING MAN: Carving out a niche in metro art scene
Aurora Sentinel, Quincy Snowdon Staff Writer, November 20, 2014

“With little X-ACTO knives and gauges, I cut out the edges – cut this edge and gouge out, cut that edge and gouge out,” Keyes says of the medium he’s worked in for over 40 years. “Essentially, I’m working from black to a black-white balance.” Read more

Printmaker Mike Keyes Gets Back to Nature, Then Gets Serious about Woodprint
Westword, Jamie Siebrase, May 27, 2014

Family is important to Keyes, and it was his oldest son who brought the artist to Denver about two years ago. Keyes and his wife, both newly retired, were happy to move west to spend more time with their grandchildren. Another happy occurrence: "Actually, retirement has enabled me to get into art more full-time," says Keyes. He's a member of the Red Delicious Press, a printmaking co-op in Aurora, and has also started doing oil paints again at the Art Student League of Denver. Printmaking, though, is his forte. Read more


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