Jim Sherraden

For over 30 years Jim has been at Nashville's famed Hatch Show Print, first as director and now as master printer. He has been working in printmaking since 1983 and is now stepping out from the Hatch umbrella to show his own works. 

It was in 1984 that a University art professor introduced him to Hatch Show Print. These prints initiated the development and study of his carving skills and the application to the commercial imagery needed to compliment typography on the letterpress posters for the Hatch customers.

Influenced by the posters of Dutch artist Hendrik Werkman and working with the vast historic archive of Hatch, Sherraden in 1992 began creating monoprints as contemporary interpretations of the commercial artwork. They have since become collected by individuals and institutions worldwide.

2005 saw the return of Sherraden to his early interest in Scandinavian woodcuts. He cut blocks in the cold months and printed in the warm months paying attention to the four corner symmetry learned at Hatch. Recently acquired incomplete Cuban wood blocks were incorporated into his designs and a developing interest in Native American art, Moroccan pottery, Dutch tiles and historic Quilts gave inspiration to a universal theme of balance.

Sherraden readily cuts up his own printed pieces, mixing and matching them on multi dimensional wood surfaces, colored with either printers ink or watercolor. The Tamari Ball series, based on the complex construction of Kimono threads are unique with their delicate watercolor finish.


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