Chris is a self-taught artist who fell into a passion of art and printmaking after acquiring his first letterpress in 1996. He primarily uses the Alpha-Blox and Future Schmuck fonts – but enlarged into large custom woodblocks for use on his Vandercook 232P proofing press. We’ve been talking about making stamps together for a couple of years, and are releasing them on the occasion of his first solo exhibition, Elemental Forms, on view at Elizabeth Leach Gallery through March 2, 2024. Chris lives in Portland, OR with his wife and two children.
Have you designed a stamp before?
This is my first time designing a stamp.
What was the most interesting or fun aspect of designing a poster stamp? What unique challenges did it present?
I love to design modular large scale pieces. The biggest challenge was to envision how this scale would
translate to a stamp. My design process was the same as I would do for one of my murals and feel the
end result worked very well for a page of stamps.
Tell us about the art. Did you create something new for this stamp?
The art I choose to use was from my modular type cubes. The cubes are 24x24x24 each and can be combined to make large modular type sculptures. I used these modular cubes to design a couple of pieces in the Elizabeth Leach show (see images of the cubes and installation shown here). The thought on this sheet was giving the option to rearrange the stamps into endless design compositions.
I always wanted to design a stamp after seeing the beautiful
stamps by artist Bruce Licher. Thanks for having me be part of your artist series.