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Artist Jack Willis


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Biography


Jack Willis was born in Hillsboro, Texas. After growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, and attending Texas Wesleyan College, he moved to Iowa to attend art school and study in the world-renowned printmaking studio of Mauricio Lasansky.  While at Iowa majoring in painting and gaining valuable technical experience in printmaking, Willis formulated many of his approaches to color and composition.
 
The subject matter of his etchings is rooted deep in the early values and background of the artist. As a young boy, the artist had the opportunity to work and live occasionally on a farm in central Texas where he learned to appreciate the ever-changing qualities of the
landscape as it is subjected to temporal and climatic considerations.  
 
The technical facility with which the artist works evolved over a long period of experience.   This technical facility used with certain printing techniques that took as long as two or three years to develop.  Several methods are used to apply ink as well as make the plates. Etching, engraving, embossing and calligraphy are all used in combination with color printing on multiple plates to gain the maximum expression.      
 
Education
∙ B.S., Texas Wesleyan College, Major: art and Minor:
mathematics
∙ M.A., University of Iowa, Major: painting
∙ M.F.A., University of Iowa, Major: painting and Minor: drawing with intensive work in Print Shop
 
Teaching Experience
∙ Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi
∙ Berry College, Rome, Georgia
∙ Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
∙ Tarrant County Community College, South and Northeast Campuses, Fort Worth, Texas
 
Exhibitions
∙ Tarrant County Art Association Annual, Fort Worth, Texas
∙ Texas Fine Arts Association Circuit Exhibition
∙ Texas Fine Arts Association Regional, Fort Worth, Texas
∙ Citation Award, Texas Fine Arts Association Invitational
∙ Container Corporation of America Regional, Davenport, Iowa
∙ Hunter Annual, Chattanooga, Tennessee
∙ Second Annual National Print and Drawing Exhibition, South Georgia College
∙ One man exhibition, University of Tennessee
∙ One [...]

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