Ross Jahnke : the people in the books

December 3 - 28, 2017


With his latest BRG exhibition, The People in the Books, Ross Jahnke returns his woodblock printmaking process to the figure. While his sketchbooks have been populated with them for years, his prints have focused on food and inanimate objects in recent years. For this series of prints, however, Jahnke worked to translate the ink and pencil drawings from his sketchbooks into woodcuts that retained the freshness and rawness of the drawing. The result are works that, according to the artist, “have an immediacy and boldness that reminds one of the communicative graphic roots of the printmaking medium.”

Jahnke received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and his Masters of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University before becoming a BRG artist member in 1992. As printmaker and painter, he has always sought to inspire people to give a second look at the things around them daily. With his work, he has previously focused on “the stuff that comes into the house with little fanfare, things that define us as individuals and as a culture without our knowing.” Jahnke currently serves as a Professor of Art at Nicholls State University (Thibodaux, LA).


First Wednesday Opening Reception: 12/6, 7 - 9 pm
ARTiculate Artist Talk: Sunday, 12/10, 4 pm