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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

February 18 - March 18 : josh drews!

ART+CAYCE proudly presents josh drews!, a printmaker who specializes in monotypes. His work engages rendered subjects with expressive backgrounds. Drews also teaches visual arts at Spring Valley High School in northeast Columbia.

The gallery opening is Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6-8 pm.
Gallery talk by Josh Drews at 7 p.m., on process and production.
The show will run from Feb. 18th to Mar. 18th
Show sponsored by Compass 5 Partners & Undefined Magazine

josh drews!  

Josh Drews says, “Creating monotypes provides a sense of freedom that I have yet to find in any other medium.” The experience allows him to be very expressive with mark-making and color. After printing the initial product, he refines the marks, adding details and other special features, allowing the piece to emerge into the final product. Drews says, “I love creating an interaction between rendered subjects and expressive backgrounds.”

As a child, Drews would spend hours sketching characters, creating his own comics, and filling notebooks with assorted drawings of dinosaurs, robots, and superheroes. Creating art has always been a driving force in his life. In 2001, after graduating from Winthrop University with a BFA in General Studio Art, Drews was offered the opportunity to teach visual arts at Spring Valley High School in northeast Columbia.

Drews admits that teaching art has been an overwhelming, yet rewarding experience. With around thirty teenagers rotating through his classroom every forty-five minutes, six times a day, Drews claims that it makes you grow up fast. Not only has he grown as a young adult but he has also grown tremendously as an artist. Drews' passion for art has grown stronger by teaching his students and learning from these young artists.

Currently, Drews continues to spend time on his own artwork - primarily monotypes.

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