Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ganesha Woodcut

Ganesha print on Japanese Paper
Karen Fiorito
Ganesha, 2012
Woodcut, 18" x 24"
Edition: 15 total: 8 on Japanese/ 7 on Rosaspina Rag Paper
$150.00


Artist Statement:
The name Ganesha is a Sanskrit compound, joining the words gaṇa, meaning a group, multitude, or categorical system and isha, meaning lord or master. The universe is a group of atoms and different energies. The Lord of all these groups of atoms and energies is Ganesha. He is the supreme consciousness that pervades all & brings order to the universe.

Ganesha is represented as having a human body with the head of an elephant. The principle qualities of the elephant are wisdom and effortlessness. The enormous head of the elephant signifies wisdom and knowledge. One of Ganesha's 108 names is  Lord of Obstacles. Elephants don't walk around obstacles, neither do they stop at them. They just remove them and keep walking straight on – signifying effortlessness.

Printing the block
Ganesha's body and the implements Ganesha wields are all symbolic.The portrayal of Lord Ganesha as the blend of human and animals parts symbolizes the ideals of perfection as conceived by the Hindu sages and illustrates some philosophical concepts of profound spiritual significance.

Here is a list of some of the symbolism associated with this image  of Ganesha:

  • Big Head – represents supreme wisdom.
  • Large ears – represents listening more
  • Small Eyes – means he concentrates
  • Small Mouth – means he talks less.
  • Long Trunk – represents his intellect.
• One tusk – Means he keeps the good and throws away the bad.
• Large stomach – means he digests all the good and the bad experiences in life.
• Legs – One folded leg up and one leg resting on the ground indicates that he is thinking of the world but at the same time concentrating on God.
• The Plate of Food – means he is indifferent to wealth, power and prosperity.
• The rat looking up at him – means desire and greed are under control.
• Axe – to cut all attachment.
• Lotus – represents enlightenment.
• Blessings – blesses us and protects us from harm so we can reach God.







Ganesha on Rosapina Paper

When one prays to Lord Ganesha then one is asking to connect to the Universal Soul to remove obstacles. Ganesha is given dominion over the Ganas, which is a general term denoting all classes of beings, ranging from insects, animals and humans to the subtle and celestial beings, everything from natural forces like storms and earthquakes, to the elemental qualities like fire and water. Therefore, instead of propitiating each Gana in order to receive their blessings, one bows to their Lord, Sri Ganesha. By receiving His grace, one receives the grace of all. Ganesha removes any potential obstacles and enables our endeavors to succeed.










Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Buddha Pig



Karen Fiorito

Buddha Pig

2012

5-color Silkscreen with Pearlescent White

Edition of 50

Signed and Numbered

$70


Buddha Pig is part of an ongoing series of images of animals as deities. I chose a pig because I believe pigs are no different than dogs or cats. In fact, pigs are the fourth smartest animal group in the world, following humans, apes, chimps, whales and dolphins.I believe that all animals have a buddha nature, especially pigs. Pigs are also extremely social and loving creatures. Pigs snuggle close to one another and prefer to sleep nose to nose. They dream, much as humans do. In their natural surroundings, pigs spend hours playing, sunbathing, and exploring. In his book The Whole Hog, biologist and Johannesburg Zoo director Lyall Watson writes, "I know of no other animals [who] are more consistently curious, more willing to explore new experiences, more ready to meet the world with open mouthed enthusiasm. Pigs, I have discovered, are incurable optimists and get a big kick out of just being."


20% of all proceeds of any Buddha Animal purchased will go to help Hollywood's Least Wanted, Hollywood Least Wanted is a 501c3 non for profit arts organization whose goal is to make a difference in the community where it exists, both in Hollywood and in the larger Los Angeles community. HLW sponsors produces and publicizes charitable arts events that raise funds for organizations that serve the underprivileged, victims of abuse, homeless teens and abandoned animals, as well as other deserving recipients.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Affordable Art Fair, Los Angeles


As an exhibitor and workshop presenter, Buddha Cat Press had a fun and exciting experience at the first inaugural LA Affordable Art Fair!

Monday, December 26, 2011

LACMA Print Fair: Edition 2

Here are some pics from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Print Fair on December 10, 2011. A good time was had by all! Thank you to Dawn, Sarah, Chris, Kevin and Oscar for helping out!



Monday, November 7, 2011

Robert Pollard Prints on Sale!


7 color screen print (of an original collage) is entitled, "Greetings from Camp Confusion."
15" by 20.5". Edition of 100, signed and numbered by the artist.
Printed on Arches Silkscreen 88 paper by master printer Karen Fiorito in Los Angeles, CA.
Price: $100.00
ON SALE FOR $75 plus shipping and handling!



Sunday, November 6, 2011

Re: Augustine Kofie & Theo Jemison – Afrika Bambaataa


Fine art screen print in honor of Afrika Bambaataa, the Godfather of Hip Hop. A portrait of Bam by photographer Theo Jemison, remixed by Augustine Kofie, and printed by Karen Fiorito at Hard Pressed Studios in Los Angeles. A hip hop art instant classic. 8 colors (which includes metallic gold ink, 2 blacks and a clear varnish) on Stonehenge 100% cotton paper. 2008. Edition of 100. 18″ x 24″. Signed by Bambaataa on the front, and Kofie and Jemison on the back. $100



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Print by Karen Fiorito


Goddess of Print

6-color reduction cut

24" x 32"

Rives BFK paper

Edition Size: 5

APs: 5

$300


Artist Statement:

This reduction print is based on the Hindu legend of the Goddess Durga:

A long time ago, the world was in great peril. War and famine were widespread, and demons ruled the earth. The great demon Mahisasura, who took the form of a bull, was their leader. Despite all their efforts, none of the male gods could defeat the demon. The gods retreated from battle and summoned a goddess, for it was foretold that only a woman could save the world from such destruction. Out of a supernova of their collective energies appeared the Goddess Durga with 10 arms riding a tiger. She defeated Mahisasura and his army. Peace was restored and the earth was healed. Although the people of earth begged her to stay and rule them, she refused. "That is not my way," she said, "but if ever you need me again, just think of me, and I will come."


I have recreated this image of the Goddess Durga and replaced her weapons with tools used in printmaking. She represents the creative, emotional, compassionate and powerful aspects of the divine feminine. Durga is the destroyer of ignorance and represents determination and will power, fierce compassion and patience. I believe that only through these qualities can we bring about peace on earth and to all of its creatures. My hope is that through my art I can cultivate these aspects of the divine feminine and inspire others to do the same, whether they be male or female,



Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Gee Vaucher Print Release!



"Pretty Polly"
Serigraph on Stonehenge Paper
Size: 15" x 22"
Edition # 50
Price: $300 + Shipping and Handling
Signed and numbered by Gee Vaucher
Printed by hand by Karen Fiorito (with a special cameo by Gee Vaucher)

Artist Statement:
"All humans are animal, but some animals are more human than others."

Artist Bio:
Her work with Anarcho-punk band Crass was seminal to the 'protest art' of the 1980s. Vaucher has always seen her work as a tool for social change and in her collection of early works (1960-1997) Crass Art and Other Pre Post-Modernist Monsters, her artwork moves easily from gouache, pastel, collage and everything in-between, to show her strong political, and feminist views.
In Vaucher's second book, Animal Rites, she reflects on the relationship between animals and humans. This book of collage work comments on our determination to imbue animals with human behaviour and sentiments.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Second Peter Kuper Print from BCP!


"Fat Cat"

Serigraph on Stonehenge Paper

Size: 15" x 22"

Edition # 40

Price: $100 + Shipping and Handling

Signed and numbered by Peter Kuper


Artist Statement:

As the wise old cat was heard to say:

"If life is a bowl of cherries, can I have a second bowl?"



Description:
This is the second image taken from the book, The Last Cat Book (1984), in which Kuper illustrates an essay on the value and nature of cats by Robert E.Howard, an American author best known for his character Conan the Barbarian.

The original 49 prints were carved from linoleum blocks, then printed by hand by the artist. Each image was only printed once or twice and never editioned. We have chosen to reproduce a few of these linoleum prints using serigraphy (silkscreen). This image of Fat Cat was printed on top of a split fountain background on archival rag paper.

As with ALL Buddha Cat editions, EVERYTHING was printed BY HAND!

This print will be release on January 28th, 2011 at 12 NOON!

Email karen@buddhacatpress.com to purchase or for more information.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Peter Kuper Prints at Buddha Cat Press

Peter Kuper and Buddha Cat Press are releasing a limited edition print and t-shirt!

Ying Yang is a one color silkscreen to be included in the Evolution Revolution: The Interconnectedness of All Beings exhibition.
Based on a linoleum cut by the artist.
Signed and Numbered.
Edition of 50.
15" x 22" on Stonehenge paper.
$60 plus shipping and handling.

Artist's Statement:
"When I quoted Saul Bellow's line " In an age of madness to be untouched by madness is a form of madness" to my cat, she replied,
"Prrrrrrrrr"
I couldn't have agreed more and promptly created this image."
-Peter Kuper




SPECIAL OFFER!
Buy a limited edition t-shirt of Phoenix Cat in addition to your print for only $75! *T-shirts sold individually at $25.




Bio:
Peter Kuper co-founded of the political zine World War 3 Illustrated and has remained on its editorial board for 30 years.
His illustrations and comics have appeared in Time, The New York Times and MAD where he has illustrated SPY vs. SPY every month since 1997. He has written and illustrated over twenty books including The System and Stop Forgetting To Remember.

Peter has also adapted Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and many of Franz Kafka’s works into comics including an award winning version of The Metamorphosis. Peter lived in Oaxaca, Mexico from July 2006-2008 and his work from that time can be seen in can be seen in his latest book Diario de Oaxaca.

Phoenix Cat design by Peter Kuper.


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