Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Portraits of St. Louis Artists: Tom Huck


I did not know about Evil Prints until last weekend's studio open house (must be getting old and out of touch). The place is full of young artists covered to one degree or another in tattoos and flesh-eating steel hardware. Tom Huck here is one of the mainstays. He's the kind of person the phrase "fevered imagination" refers to. Tom makes outrageous wood and linoleum cut prints. Check out examples of his work here. While I watched him work, Tom used only tiny hand tools. I cannot imagine my own hands working with such precision.

WHAT I LEARNED TODAY: Frank Zappa's perky composition Peaches En Regalia was inspired by his love of the sculpture of Alexander Calder. Thank you, National Public Radio.
TOMORROW: The Thursday Arch Series takes a week off as St. Louis artists portraits continue with Craig Downs, painter and singer

8 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

I must say that I like this guy's work. I like details and he seems to satisfy my needs for that. Nice photography too.

Abraham Lincoln
—Brookville Daily Photo

Virginia said...

The impish grin and the casual pose make this so appealing. Outrageous art is exactly right. I would have loved to see him at work. I thought the panel behind him might be fabric. That's amazing that he is able to get that degree of detail from linoleum printing. Great portrait.

Steffe said...

Wow, that looks very impressive. And very time consuming.

Olivier said...

un beau portrait, on dirait que son corps fait parti entièrement de son œuvre. superbe
a beautiful portrait, it seems that his body is part entirely on his work. superb

Ming the Merciless said...

What an interesting contradiction of a person!! The tattoos give the impression of a wild rebel, but the innocent smile reveals a sweet person underneath that tough exterior. :-)

babooshka said...

He does look incredibly sweet natured, real twinkle to the eye. Fabulous detail in the artwork. Wonderful portrait of the artist.

Virginia said...

Whew, after yesterday's musical interlude, Frank Zappa was a welcome relief.

Hilda said...

Wow! Precision work indeed — and fantastic eyesight.