Michael Frank Babinski
Artist Resume

Printmaking:


Artist's Statement

My relief printmaking is one of the diverse ways I express myself. What I like about linocut is the way the process imposes itself on the design. In the past, doing paintings, I believed my work to be too realistic and photographic, but adapting to linocut forced a less literal design mode. I also enjoy the process itself: carving the linoleum, inking and printing. Many of my linocuts are then colored with watercolor, but sometimes the black and white image asks to stand alone.


My imagery is varied. Many pieces are mythopoeic, sometimes obviously, others in a more subtle way. Certainly standing stones and antlered dancers are images that speak a language of the spirit, but other motifs are not always so apparent. Crows and Ravens are used to represent transformative spirits, trees depicted to signify constancy and resonance with the Earth.


Other images refer to a kind of gritty nostalgia for things and places now forgotten. Romantic allusions to the things we use in everyday life and how they change as time redefines us.
Choosing and developing these motifs, and creating art in various media is an essential part of who I am; as necessary as breathing.


I refuse to label my works 1/200, etc., because I don't view the process as precisely controlled repetition. Yes, this is a printing form, but it is totally unlike the way a "print" is made commercially. I will experiment, and perhaps change aspects, such as color, each time I print. Maybe I will print and watercolor an image today, only to print in plain ink on handmade paper tomorrow.

Exhibitions:
1999 Edmonds Arts Fair Juried show, Edmonds, Washington
1999 Bothell Arts & Crafts Fair Juried show, Bothell, Washington
Honorable Mention, 1999 Eastside Association of Fine Artists Juried show, Redmond Washington
2000 Edmonds Arts Fair Juried show, Edmonds, Washington
2001 Edmonds Arts Fair Juried show and Booth, Edmonds, Washington
2001 Printmaking Biennial, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, Washington
Honorable Mention, 2002 Edmonds Arts Fair Juried show, Edmonds, Washington
Third Prize 2002 Bothell Arts & Crafts Fair Juried show, Bothell, Washington
November 2002, Two Person Show: Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon Island, Washington
2002 Eastside Association of Fine Artists Juried show, Bellevue Washington
2003 Edmonds Arts Fair Juried show and Booth, Edmonds, Washington
2003 Bellevue Art Museum Fair Booth, Bellevue, Washington
January 2004 Group Show, "Weather" Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Bainbridge Island Washington
August 2004 Group Show, "Artists in Residence" Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Bainbridge Island Washington

March 19 ­ May 2, 2005 Group show: Printmakers: Letters and Numbers : Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Bainbridge Island Washington

Ongoing Galleries:
Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Bainbridge Island Washington
Foxfire Jewelers, Woodinville, Washington

Metal:

I've been making jewelry for about 30 years now, and you could say that my style and technique have definitely matured. It's a very exciting time because I really know the motifs I want to explore, and am very capable of constructing jewelry to express them.

My favorite jewelry creations are the ones that express mystery and imagination, a lyrical, romantic dance through life.

The Glyphs Series started with one piece that had a triangle, a squiggle and a rune from Tolkien's Middle Earth, but mostly glyphs have been universal symbols, full of different meanings in different places- a kind of Atlantean alphabet. Lately I've begun to use specific symbols in my Four Elements Jewelry (Earth, Air, Fire, Water.)

The various Shaman Figures I make were inspired by a North African tribal ornament, although very different and always evolving. Their moonstone faces are always round representing Grandmother Moon.

Crows and Ravens are transformative spirits, tricksters, if you will, and their use, both in my printmaking, and in jewelry is constant. The same thing applies to Trees which I also love to portray. Lately these have collided with the Shaman motif and a shrine house to become the Shaman Spirit House Series.

So, I ramble, I digress and diverge, making a patchwork quilt of jewelry, 2D Art and poetry to express the ideas that inspire me. I hope you enjoy my work, and that it has meaning to you. It was important to me to create it.

FINE JEWELRY DESIGNER AND GOLDSMITH
Owner, Foxfire Jewelers


EDUCATION


Bellevue Community College * Associate of Arts: Marketing * Electives in Art and Design

Gemological Institute of America * Diamonds Certificate * Diamond Grading Certificate * Colored Stones Certificate * Pave stone setting certificate


Northwest Gemological Institute * Gemological Technician Program Certificate

STORE Foxfire Jewelry Kirkland, WA 1978-1981 Foxfire Jewelers Woodinville, WA 1985 to Present

Articles about Babinski's Work:

January 15, 1979 Journal American, Bellevue, WA Two-thirds Page Article.
June 16, 1990 National Jeweler Magazine Full page article, starting on page one.
September 10, 1990 Journal American, Bellevue, WA One half page Article.
June 1993 Jewelers Circular Keystone Magazine photo of brooch with citrine
August 26, 1992 Seattle Weekly one eighth page Article
September 1993 Lapidary Journal Photo of pin with drusy calcite
Autumn 1993 Ornament Magazine Photo of necklace with intarsia
November 1, 1993 Woodinville Weekly, Woodinville,WA one Fifth page Article
June 1994 Lapidary Journal Featured in Article about three designers
October 15, 1994 National Jeweler Magazine one Third page Article
Summer 1997 Ornament Magazine Two page article "Artist Statement"
April 1998 Lapidary Journal feature article about jewelry designer Michael Babinski

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (one piece featured in February 1990 exhibit on Gold)
Langman Gallery "Jewelry 92" Winter 1992 Group Show
Del Mano Gallery Featured artist October 1993
Chicago New Art Forms Exposition: October 1993
Langman Gallery "Jewelry 93" Winter 1993 Group Show
Wood Gallery Solo show February-March 1994
Del Mano Gallery "Wedding Rings & Jewelry boxes" Group Show March-June 1994

Ongoing Galleries:
Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Bainbridge Island Washington
Foxfire Jewelers, Woodinville, Washington
The Wood Gallery, Newport Oregon

 



 

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