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John D. Boyes      Studio #14       296 La Plata Road NW

505-259-6510    email John

John Boyes bio photoJohn Boyes is a native New Mexican who grew up on the East side of the Sandia Mountains outside Albuquerque.  He began studying art in the late 1990’s.  He discovered mono prints in a class taught by Val Garoza taken at the Harwood Art Center in 2003.  He and Val still print together on Val’s press in Belen, NM.  John also has studied with Michael Coffee at the Shy Rabbit Gallery in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  Michael developed Reductive Ink™ printing techniques for printing without a press.  John employs both methods in his work.  He often modifies the initial prints with additions of colored pencil, acrylic paint, charcoal and pen. 

A monoprint, also referred to as a monotype, is a unique, one of a kind print made by placing printers ink on a plate using brayers, brushes, fingers, stamps, wine corks (anything is fair game) to create the basic design of the piece.  Printing paper is then pressed onto the plate, either with a press or by hand, to transfer the ink to the paper.  This process can be repeated several times. The ink is allowed to dry and the design can be further developed with pencil, paint or more ink.  Applying the ink to the plate using these techniques makes it virtually impossible to duplicate the print exactly, hence the name “monoprint”. 

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