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JOSH WELKER

Josh Welker’s woodblock paintings depict the beauty of budding flowers and verdant gardens mixed with items from urban life.  As evidenced in titles like Flowers with Concrete, the contrast of flourishing and natural beauty intersects with a manufactured and artificial prop amplifies the splendor and delicacy of natural life.  Items like a lantern or curtain are shrouded with lush growth where nature seems to gloriously prevail.  Recalling his first memory “being completely surrounded in my aunt’s mint patch…the intoxication of this and a willow tree by our creek covered in mist,” Welker “grew up running around the woods” and had distinct recollections of “tasting icicles that grew out of limestone caves.” Flowers, symbolic of the promise of life, bearing fruit, and thriving appear to dominate the work, spilling over in unrestrained masses within the compositions. Clearly, there is joy and hope in these renderings, a feeling of abundance and optimism. Since returning to Texas, the ability to paint and be outside year-round has presented Welker with a near constant stream of inspiration.  Typically working on several composition simultaneously, Welker will cut the woodblocks with gouges, creating various stamps for each composition.  A rubber print of a flower, for example might be used over a hundred times as background for a piece. Text and even roguish marks inspired by his young sons may also infiltrate the work. “Sometimes I’ll cover the entire paper with watercolor or will roll ink right onto the paper.” The process repeated until the work feels finished.  Lavishly composed, Welker’s inherent romantic sensibility is easily poured out in a generous and sumptuous style extoling nature’s wonder and mystery on to paper.

AVAILABLE ARTWORKS

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For commission reference only

For commission reference only

COMMISSION PRICING

Works on paper:

Size (inches)

30 x 40

36 x 36

36 x 48

36 x 60

48 x 48

48 x 60

36 x 72

48 x 72

60 x 60

60 x 72

Retail

$3,100

$3,100

$3,350

$4,000

$4,000

$4,450

$4,650

$4,900

$5,100

$5,550

Paintings on canvas:

Size (inches)

30 x 40

36 x 36

36 x 48

30 x 60

36 x 60

48 x 48

48 x 60

36 x 72

48 x 72

60 x 60

60 x 72

Retail

$3,550

$4,000

$4,000

$4,450

$4,650

$4,900

$5,100

$6,000

$6,250

$7,100

$7,750

“I often stand in my garden or someone else’s and draw flowers, plants, trees, and animals. Sometimes I take wood-blocks with me, pieces of linoleum, or rubber and draw straight onto them with pencil, pen, or marker, and then cut them out when I am back in the studio…”

BIOGRAPHY

JOSH WELKER

b. 1977, St. Louis, MO

lives in San Antonio, TX