The Magical City Series, 2017 | Woodcut on wood veneer with hand work
Artist’s Statement / How the work was made
The Magical City series, a vibrant array of woodcuts printed on wood veneer, is based on recurring dreams that arrive in the mind of Zigmunds Priede. Each magical city is a composite of many different locations in the world, arriving just at the distance of the artist’s imagination, in between his native Latvia and the United States. As is the case for many who find themselves living abroad from their native lands, home is no longer the place that has been left behind, nor is it the place one now lives. For Zigmunds, this beautiful series of work is his attempt to deal with these notions of home, using cities as an emotive expression, rendered in many different color relationships. >> Read more.
About Zigmunds Priede:
Zigmunds Priede came from his native Latvia to the small town of Judson, Minnesota after fleeing World War II with his mother and sister. Zigmunds later began a printmaking class at the University of Minnesota, and after entering the print studio, Zig says that he “never left.”
After finishing at the University, Zig and some friends drove to California in a blue 1954 Ford, completed a graduate degree from Berkley, then was hired on to work as a Master Printer at Universal Art Editions Limited, where he printed for many of the great artists of that era. If one were to make a list of the most important American printed works, it is likely that Zig Priede’s name would occur on that list several times.
Zig Priede was an excellent teacher who inspired may of his students towards successful art careers. His connections at Universal allowed Zig to challenge many of his students to become respected artists and Master Printers. In fact, many of Zig’s students went to New York to pursue art and printmaking careers.
Zig is famous for inspiring artists as printmaker and teacher, however, Zig’s drive today is his own art making process, where he returns to his studio daily.