As an artist / printmaker I prefer the medium of screenprinting. I make art about beer. My beer labels are usually fictitious. The bottom line is humor.
As an artist / printmaker / home brewer I struggle between creating a new screenprint or brewing a five-gallon batch of beer. Since Andy Warhol did a series of screenprints on soup cans I have decided to create a series of screenprints about beer cans. My subject is not Bud, Coors or Miller. It’s not even good micro brewed beers such as New Belgian Brewery or Dog Fish Head. My beer labels are usually fictitious. This series of prints is dedicated to beer. Although my work has taken on the general theme of beer, humor, politics, satire, parody, religion and other social commentary have also entered the mash. I may poke fun at various institutions or individuals, but the bottom line is humor.
I have preferred screenprinting over lithography, intaglio and woodcut (The Black Arts) for over forty years. Screenprinting allows for the use of a lot of color and is a versatile medium. Photographic images, painterly approaches and autographic marks can all be combined to create a graphic image in the screenprint process.
Rob Smith is the Director of the Lachenmeyer Arts Center in Cushing, Oklahoma. He taught printmaking at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond for 29 years. He has been actively involved creating prints in the screen-printing process for 40 years. Smith holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in Norman and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. Rob Smith’s prints have been exhibited in over 150 juried art shows nationally.