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Since 1976, when we began printing as Shark’s Lithography Ltd, through the last 44 years of publishing prints as Shark’s Ink, we have collaborated with a distinguished group of more than 160 artists from the United States and Europe.


The artists we invite to make prints at Sharks pursue a strong personal vision in their work. These relationships continue over many projects with artists returning regularly to collaborate on new prints. Many of the artists have produced large bodies of work over their years of collaborating with Shark’s.


The prints produced at Shark’s Ink are an eclectic group that use unusual and inventive printmaking techniques. Artists approach the process in many ways. Some arrive at the Shark’s studio with maquettes or drawings, others with a suitcase full of reference materials and some with only an idea.

Processes used in the studio have included lithography; monotype- using watercolor, oil pastels and other materials; metal leaf, chine collé, embossing and collage, as well as innumerable innovations for cutting and printing woodblocks and other relief prints; and the engineering and construction of three-dimensional lithographs. We devise unique methods and materials for realizing the challenging projects artists propose.

Our prints are included in numerous private and public collections such as:

  • The Museum of Modern Art, NY

  • The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

  • Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

  • The New York Public Library, NY

  • The Library of Congress, Washington, DC

  • The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

  • The Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

  • and many others

Image:

Enrique Chagoya's "The Seven Deadly Sins: Sheltering in Place" (detail) 2020

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We feel fortunate to have worked with artists in a difficult year when travel during the pandemic was nearly impossible.

Before restrictions were in place, we worked with Don Ed Hardy in Holualoa, Hawaii on three new prints, A Thorny Crossing, A Burial at Sea and Homeward Bound. Hardy describes this project:

My recent collaboration with Bud Shark resulted in three images based on classic sailing ships, as seen in traditional American tattoo design. Along with sails, they’re rigged out with trellis forms. Both themes have fascinated me since childhood. The house I grew up in was surrounded by trellises. Our small beachfront town was part of Newport Harbor in Southern California, where I saw many varieties of sailing craft. At ten, when I became transfixed by traditional American tattooing, clipper ships were a strong design component that I drew repeatedly. Later, when I became a professional tattooer, I was able to frequently execute these subjects, a mainstay of Western tattoo tradition.

Amy Ellingson and Rodney Carswell both drove to Lyons from their home state of New Mexico and each produced two wonderful prints. Ellingson made Identical/Variation (red, blue, green) and Identical/Variation (red, yellow, blue). Carswell made Bloob (?) and Dyad-O.

Enrique Chagoya worked in his makeshift studio in San Francisco on Mylars for The Seven Deadly Sins: Sheltering in Place. Chagoya explains:

This lithograph has been produced during the pandemonium sparked by the departing administration and its long-term effects on society. For the first time in a couple of decades, during the pandemic shelter in place, I worked on the print images away from the Shark’s studio in Lyons. It has been our first collaboration at a distance, but still in close communication, and very workable.

We also had the good fortune to work with two Colorado artists, Ana Maria Hernando and Evan Colbert. Hernando made two prints, Flores Hechas de Cielo / Flowers Made of Sky #1 and #2 and Evan made Interstellar Overdrive in 2020. Colbert’s newest print from April 2021 is Learning to Fly.

Dianna Frid recently flew from Chicago to make her tenth print with Shark’s, Soledad. Frid writes:

I make work with words that I want to spend time with.
Soledad = Solitude
And Soledad also has the word Sol = Sun
And the word Edad = Age is inside of it too.

We are on a planet
We are spinning around the sun
The sun is spinning in a galaxy
The sun has an age that has always already exceeded the scale of human time.
I think about this often. I think about solitude. Are we alone? Lonely?

This piece is based on a much larger work in which the suns were made with embroidered concentric circles of yellow thread. Making a print based on an existing work is by necessity a translation. As Borges said, sometimes, “the original is true to the translation.” In the case of Sharks Ink.’s “Soledad” this is accurate.

And then there is this: because of the gold leaf, every surface of the suns has been touched.

John Buck arranged for a new woodblock to be shipped from Montana and we were able to print Sea Mount. We have published over 50 prints with Buck. In Sea Mount, the artist portrays an erupting volcano and a lava flow that carries cars, garbage and debris into a tropical landscape and near a blooming banana tree. In the background above, tiki figures seem to fade away taking history with them.

We feel honored to collaborate with artists and make beautiful prints. We hope you will enjoy our new publications!

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Shark's Ink

Enrique Chagoya

The Seven Deadly Sins: Sheltering in Place

2020

34 1/4 x 24 inches

Color lithograph with collage

Shark's Ink.

Edition 30

$2800

Rodney Carswell

Bloob (?)

2020

30 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches

Color lithograph

Shark's Ink.

Edition 20

$2400

Rodney Carswell

Dyad-O

2020

30 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches

Color lithograph

Shark's Ink.

Edition 20

$2,400

John Buck

Sea Mount

2021

57 x 37 inches

Color woodcut

Shark's Ink.

Edition 10

$4000

Enrique Chagoya working on "Illegal Alien's Guide to Somewhere Over the Rainbow" 2010

Dianna Frid

Soledad

2021

19 3/8 x 22 1/4 inches

Color lithograph with aluminum leaf, gold leaf, pochoir and pearlescent powder

Shark's Ink.

Edition 20

$1,600

Printing Enrique Chagoya's "Histoire Naturelle des Espécies: Illegal Alien's Manuscript" 2008

Enrique Chagoya

The Seven Deadly Sins: Sheltering in Place

34 1/4 x 24 inches

Color lithograph with collage

Edition 30

$2800

Rodney Carswell

Bloob (?)

30 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches

Color lithograph

Edition 20

$2400

Rodney Carswell

Dyad-O

30 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches

Color lithograph

Edition 20

$2,400

John Buck

Sea Mount

57 x 37 inches

Color woodcut

Edition 10

$4000

Dianna Frid

Soledad

19 3/8 x 22 1/4 inches

Color lithograph with aluminum leaf, gold leaf, pochoir and pearlescent powder

Edition 20

$1,600