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  • Friday • November 1, 2024
  • 7:00 pm
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Opening the latest gallery exhibit: The Art of the Poster - A Retrospective with New Works, by Michael Hepher

Opening night features a cash bar and complimentary nibbles, and a chance to chat with the artist about their work. All welcome. The exhibit will be on display in the gallery through November. 

Artist Bio

Michael Hepher is an interdisciplinary artist working as a printmaker, oil painter, and illustrator. He creates with a unique sense of colour, oblique interpretation of the common, and a relentless pursuit of quality. Credits include a wide variety of successful exhibitions, public art projects, and private commissions. Michael continues to operate Clawhammer Press from his studio in Fernie.

Notable recent works & exhibits include:

  • Work shown in the ‘New Impressions’ exhibit at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum (2019 & 2017) 
  • A feature profile in Uppercase Magazine’s PRINT/MAKER edition of the Encyclopedia of Inspiration.
  • All Kinds of Beauty a 16’ x 96’ mural inspired by his printmaking style (2019),
  • International print exhibitions ‘20for20’ (Austin, TX, 2020) and ‘The Art of Protest’ (London, UK, 2022)
  • In This Together A touring body of work borne from a CBT Major Project grant, and exhibited at 6 galleries around the Kootenays in 2021-2022.
  • Living Colour a new body of large works in oil, which opened October 2023 at Elevation Gallery.

Artist Statement

The poster, or handbill, is an iconic form of ephemera. Originally used to convey information about an event, the medium has evolved to a level of sophistication that transcends its practical origins. Posters have become collectible, artisanal, and beautiful, but they still need to communicate enough information to inspire people to turn up at the advertised event.

Over my years operating Clawhammer Press, I’ve created hundreds of prints that toe the line of is-it-art-or-is-it-advertising for bands, brands, and causes. Each print was hand-designed, hand-carved, and hand-printed using the historic process of letterpress printing. Each time I create a poster I keep a small stack of artist proofs and extras—which have never been shown together. I would like to create a show of my hand-printed posters that is in part retrospective of posters printed between 2011 and 2023, as well as adding a number of new works to add a contemporary relevancy.

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