A Mayan Mandala for Mexico. This print from Ryan celebrates the first ever all inclusive resort destination shows by Phish.
The shows took place on the pristine beaches of the Riviera Maya in Mexico on January 15, 16, and 17 of 2016. These shows mark the first time Phish has ever performed in Mexico and had fans dancing in the sand and surf.
This 3 color linoleum block print is limited to an edition size of 60! Printed on a 19th century bookbinding press, the print measures 12 by 24 inches and is printed on a 140g stock. Translated txt on the poster reads: The Phish (Fish) at the Riviera Maya Mexico the 15, 16, 17 of January 2016
This is a reduction block print, so the printing block was destroyed in the creation of this piece. Once they are gone they are gone. Order here.
Artist Ryan Jerzy was born outside of Detroit and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. 30 years old, Ryan has been making art since high school but found his greatest influence in the music of Phish. “My first linoleum block print was in 2004 for Phish at Coventry. I saw Jim Pollock’s art, saw how he did it, and Isadora Bullock’s art as well, so I decided to try carving a block.” And with that, Ryan Jerzy’s lino cut style has blossomed over the past decade.
Ryan’s style of art draws upon humor and cartoon-inspired design. “I try to create art that is both comedic and unique in a way that people look at it and it puts a smile on their face,” noting that his art attracts children as well as parents who find the all-ages humor in his pieces.
A fan of 18th century etchings, old school printing and typefaces, lettering and fonts, Ryan sees the benefit to simplicity in using just one or two colors to get a point of the work to lift off the page, along with the detail and imagination behind the art.
This summer, Ryan will be making prints for the Clarkston, Chicago and Commerce City shows, as he is planning a move west to Denver prior to the shows Labor Day weekend. With luck, fans will find that Ryan has made some smaller art prints using smaller linoleum blocks. Stay tuned for info on those.