Here’s to you Mr. Lovecraft!

“Round pegs find round holes, square pegs find square holes. And by the same token, albeit with rather greater difficulty, I am sure that there must somewhere be a corresponding hole for such a peg as proverbial metaphor may dub trapezohedral!”

H.P. Lovecraft (In a letter applying for a job)

On this day in 1890, H.P. Lovecraft was born. Love him or hate him, his work has inspired generations of authors, artists, and dreamers.

“I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.”

Below are just a few of my own works based on his Mythos and firmly rooted in my thoughts and dreams.

Beware of Corpse-eaters in graveyards


Shub-Niggurath Capra Silvae cum Mille Prolibus

Shub Nigguarath — She-Goat of the Woods with 1,000 Young


R’lyeh will rise when the Stars Are Right


Dagon Who Brings Abundance from the Sea


"Mi-go"

Mi-go ACEO woodcut print


“HPL”

Bestiary print pre-order

Note: purchasing of these prints is no longer a pre-order. Orders are currently shipping within 48 hours (excepting weekends and holidays).

In mid-September the original woodcuts from Arcanum Bestiarum will be officially debuting at the Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle. Although conference attendees will have the first opportunity to peruse the entirety of the bestiary prints including editions and artist proofs, we’re offering a pre-order on the two beasts already unveiled by Three Hands Press: the Raven and the Scorpion. More species will be made available for online ordering following the release of Arcanum Bestiarum

Lioness printer’s ornament

To thank you for your support, all pre-orders will include a signed open edition printer’s ornament. The ornaments measure 11 x 6.5″ (2 x 7″ block size) and are printed using the same ink and paper as the limited editions. Allow me to select one at random for you, or let me know your preference when ordering: Ant, Chimera, Dragon, Hawk, Lioness (seen above) Ram (may be seen here), or “Revels.”

Raven
Woodcut edition of 22


As with all of my prints, the Bestiary series were hand-carved in wood and printed on an etching press with archival oil based-black ink on hand-torn Rives BFK paper. I print with enough pressure to emboss the thick cotton rag paper and create as solid of a print as the wood will permit. Each print is titled, signed, and numbered.

Raven
2012
Woodcut
Edition of 22 on Rives BFK
10.5 x 21.75″ (4.5 x 14.25″ block)

Scorpion
Woodcut edition of 33



Scorpion

2012
Woodcut
Edition of 33
10.5 x 11″ (4.5 x 4.5″ block)

Orders may be placed via my Etsy shop.

Birth of a Raven

The phrase “hand-pulled print” refers to exactly what you see here. Hands (in this case belonging to print minion Bryn) pulling the print off the matrix (in this case a woodblock) after pressing (in this case via an etching press).

Pre-order on the Raven edition coming soon. Subscribe to our mailing list if you’d like to be e-mailed about pre-orders, special events, and new work.

Arcanum Bestiarum

Now available for pre-order from Three Hands Press

I’d like to thank you all for your patience this year as I’ve worked in secrecy on my largest series of woodcut prints to date. I’m happy to announce this series will be gracing the pages of Robert Fitzgerald’s, “Arcanum Bestiarum” available for pre-order now from Three Hands Press.

The first showing of the original woodcut prints from the series will be at the Seattle Esoteric Book Conference this September, though if you’d like a preview of a few select pieces I will be showing a couple at RAW:Solstice this Thursday night at the Bossanova Ballroom.

Print edition sales and further showings to be announced.

Upcoming events

In chronological order for your convenience:

Out of the Woods: A Pop-up exhibition and sale
June 7 – 9
First Thursday Opening Reception: June 7, 5 – 8:30
Gallery Open: June 8 & 9, 12 – 4
618 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR

Just what have you been doing all year?

June 15-20
Exact date to be determined, but we’ll be announcing the project I’ve devoted the last 6 months to creating sometime in here.

RAW:Portland presents SOLSTICE
June 21st, 8pm – midnight
Bossanova Ballroom
722 E Burnside, Portland, OR
Tickets available here, support my participation by selecting “Liv Rainey-Smith” when purchasing.

RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. Each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. I’ll be previewing two new works from the aforementioned project this night only — don’t miss it!

Printmaker’s Hand II
July 6 – 29
Northwind Arts Center
2409 Jefferson Street,Port Townsend, WA 98368

2012 Esoteric Book Conference

September 15-16
Seattle, WA

I’m thrilled to once more be a featured artist at this premiere esoteric event! Visit www.esotericbookconference.com for more information on featured artists, authors, publishers, and scholars.

Solo show at the PAN gallery
October
Portland, OR
Further details as the date approaches.

RAWartists Portland June 21st

Artist's proof hand-colored with minerals.

I’ve recently been accepted into RAWartists and will be showing with them for the first time on June 21st! Join me at the Bossanova Ballroom for Solstice: an evening of mixed media, fashion and music. Tickets are available here for $10. Selecting my name when you purchase tickets supports my participation and is very much appreciated.

As for Serpentine Cthulhu here, he’s my latest unique colored artist proof painted with a mix of genuine serpentine, jadeite, zoisite, sodalite, Minnesota pipestone, vivianite, garnet, turquoise, and bronzite. As you can see, he’s substantially different from the first green Cthulhu proof. He’ll be framed and available at the Solstice event.

Project update

After months of carving and printing, the Big Project is entering its next phase. No previews for you yet, but the entire new body of prints is set to debut this fall. Expect to begin seeing previews over the next few months.

2012 Portland H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival May 11-13th

"HPL"

The 2012 HPLFF is nearly upon us and I’m determined to crawl out of my art cave and enjoy the festival. “Early bird” discounts on tickets end today at 5pm. Discounts aside, procrastinators be warned, because the Hollywood theatre has upgraded their seats and installed tables in some theatres, there are less tickets available to begin with. The festival usually sells out during the night, but this year it might sell out ahead of time.

Last I heard, VIP tickets were down to just a couple available. VIP tickets include all of the goodies listed here, as well as a few unlisted items — such as a mini woodcut print from me!

Look for my display of fine editioned mythos woodcuts in the vendor’s room — we’ll have a number of framed and unframed works available including the nearly sold out Cthulhu necronomicon page and a few one-of-a-kind hand-colored proofs. Hope to see you there!