This post begins a profile of an artistic activity that I have been active in for a few years, art postcards. These are some of the early cards. More will be added in subsequent posts to this one over time e.g POSTCARD 2, 3 etcetera. I hand-printed postcards created from a combination of drawing and printmaking. I would make odd numbered editions of say 8, 19 or 33. A print run greater than 50 was rare. The total would be determined by the amount of blank cards I had and the available time for production. Once I finished a session that was the end of that particular batch and I would not repeat the design. Cards in an edition are all original prints, similar in design but with no exact duplicates.
Postcard from my Abstract No.1 series-© 2006 Michael Hill
The following three postcards show variations produced in one edition: (1) the overlaid pink patch is in a different position on each card and its shape and colour vary; (2) the dragon stamp is in almost the same position on two cards but not the third and its legs seem absent in two impressions; (3) the large black and yellow mass varies in colour and texture from card to card; (4) the Post Office marking is at the top, bottom or missing; (5) my MH seal, whilst generally in the same position, is upside down on two cards.
A postcard from my Abstract No.2 series-© 2006 Michael Hill
Another postcard from my Abstract No.2 series-© 2006 Michael Hill
A third postcard from my Abstract No.2 series-© 2006 Michael Hill
Reverse side of postcard from Abstract No.2 series-© 2006 Michael Hill
A postcard from my Abstract No.3 series-© 2006 Michael Hill
A postcard from my Abstract No.4 series-© 2006 Michael Hill
A postcard from my Abstract No.5 series-© 2006 Michael Hill
Beer drinking marked the end of an edition to celebrate completion, usually late in the afternoon as I never seem to print in the morning. After a few years I supplemented this hand-made approach with digital printing, making copies from the scanned original.
UPDATE 12 OCT 2015: A selection of these art postcards have been displayed in exhibitions over the past few years, the first in 2007 titled Abstract Nos. 1-11 at the DAB LAB Gallery.
Pop-Up Postcard Exhibition: Abstract Nos.1-11, DAB LAB Gallery, UTS, 2007
Detail: Pop-Up Postcard Exhibition: Abstract Nos.1-11, DAB LAB Gallery, UTS, 2007
Exhibition flyer designed by Michael Hill
Reverse of ABSTRACT exhibition flyer.
UPDATE 6 NOV 2015: At Hondarake Full of Books in 2012 the launch of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper was accompanied by a mini exhibition of 33 0f my art postcards from the Abstract, Landscape and Seasons series.
An exhibition of postcards accompanying the launch of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper at Hondarake Bookshop, February 2012 (Photo by Louise Graber)
Fukushima Kids 2013 Auction: 10 postcards, made in small sets of 5-30, each print a monoprint, different and unique. Reverse side is signed and dated plus has artist’s stamp. Cards can be kept or mailed. These postcards were made on machine made cardboard following the Japanese sosaku hanga method of printmaking.
Posts of my graphic based material include: THE GRAFIK GUITAR BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR CARTOON MORE CARTOONS POSTCARD POSTCARD-Second Series PRINT Fish Tai SCRAPBOOK SCRAPBOOK-More Pages and the posts on production of my artist book/comic BLOTTING PAPER: Issue #1: No.1 No.2 No.3 No.4 No.5 No.6 No.7 No.8 No.9 No.10 No.11 No.12 No.13 Issue #2: No.14 No.15 No.16 No.17 No.18 No.19 No.20 No.21 No.22 No.23 No.24 No.25 No.26 No.27 No.28 No.29 Issue #3: No.30 No.31 No.32 No.33 No.34 No.35 No.36 Issue #4: No.37 No.38 No.39 No.40 No.41 No.42 No.43 No.44 Issue #5: No.45 No.46 No.47 No.48