Heavy Metal Meets Hieronymus Bosch: Regarding the Dark, Funny and Highly Detailed Prints of Tom Huck
On this edition of ST, we speak with the well-regarded Missouri-based printmaker, Tom Huck, who owns and operates a press called Evil Prints. Huck is known for his large-format, intricately detailed, and darkly humorous woodcuts -- many of which are also quite satirical or even raunchy -- that are inspired by the work of Hieronymus Bosch, Albrecht Dürer, and Pieter Bruegel the Elder, as well as (much more recently) R. Crumb and various heavy-metal rock LP covers. Huck is currently a Visiting Artist at the University of Tulsa, and an exhibition of his work will be on view at the Hogue Gallery (in Phillips Hall, on the TU campus) through February 18th. As he notes of his art work at the TU website: " My work deals with personal observations about the experiences of living in a small town in southeast Missouri. The often strange and humorous occurrences, places, and people in these towns offer a never-ending source of inspiration for my prints. I call this work 'rural satire.'" Please note that Huck will participate in an artist's lecture, and a subsequent opening reception, this afternoon, Thursday the 21st, in Phillips Hall at TU. The lecture begins at 5pm; the reception, at 6pm.