Olmecan Entrance to Underworld, 2002
32 ½ x 28 inches
American artist Jim McCormick became intrigued by the process of printmaking while studying in Italy in the 70s. The opportunity to pursue the medium was not possible until his retirement in 1999, after serving forty years as the Chair of the Art Department at Georgetown College. Pursuing his fascination with the medium, McCormick began the study of printmaking at the University of Kentucky that same year. The advantage of printmaking allows McCormick to use his drawing skills in a more direct way to render his compositions. His earlier paintings, using a pure aesthetic style to render works of atmospheric effects, have been referred to as painted abstract impressions, whereas his latest works are more graphic in nature. Although these new works have an abstract quality, he uses less of a pure aesthetic form and his style of “painter as printmaker” allows him to present his interest in ancient cultures of Native America and Latin America in a more specific way. McCormick merges aesthetic and spiritual qualities to produce his works on the religious structure of the Omega culture. The process he uses to produce a monotype incorporates drawing on the surface of the plate using oil based paint, applying colors with rollers and brushes, then engraving on the plate some shapes while reserving certain areas so that the paper shows through. The entire process allows for very little deviation and each print produced is unique and different.