Size: 11"W x 15"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2018
'Sophistocated Man' is an original linocut print (not a reproduction), signed and numbered by the artist (me).
Print size: 11 x 15 inches
Image size: 9 x 12 inches
Edition size: 5
Medium: Oil-based ink on luxurious, thick cotton paper
Linocut is a process involving hand-carving plates of color to create original hand-made prints. *Note: Because of the nature of the linocut method, each print will vary ever so slightly, and may not reflect the exact print pictured. This is part of the appeal of linocut, as each print is truly a unique piece.
This piece is from a series of contemporary prints representing luxury lifestyle and high fashion. The print is a nod to early expressionist works like Henri Matisse, and recreates it in a modern style. The man in this piece is adorned in classic american fashion, and stares into an empty landscape. The colors and style are representational of early 20th century portraiture.
This piece features "deckled edges", meaning the edges of the paper are feathered for a beautiful effect.
Josh Epstein is a printmaking artist who creates vibrant pieces using the 'linocut' method. This technique involves hand-carving a design into multiples layers of linoleum; each linoleum slab is hand-printed on paper with the force of an etching press, making each individual print a unique work on art. Josh's current body of work, titled “Happiness or High Art”, explores a society where luxuries are commonplace and art is considered a necessity. Inspired by the lavish lifestyles and height of fashion in the the Art Deco and Mod eras, the series title and its component pieces speak to society’s choice between a life of luxury and artifice or the happiness of a simple existence. The series examines the intersection of art, culture, and class as they relate to design and fashion over the last century. Josh was recently exhibited as a "Typographic Allstar" at the 6th annual Typeforce show in Chicago. He resides in Chicago with his partner Eddie and two adoring houseplants.