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Joe Funk, Tamarind Press: 1960-62 Master Printer
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Funk played a little known but important role in the development of American lithography
during the 1950s and 1960s, first as Lynton Kistlers assistant and later as the initial
printer-fellow at Tamarind Lithography Worksop in Los Angeles. That was a time when fine
lithographic printing hung by a slender thread in the United States: unlike today, there
were then only a very few dedicated printers with knowledge of the craft. Joe was one of
this small number, without whom the present health of the medium could not have come
about. His easy-going warmth and good nature made it a pleasure to work with him."
Clinton Adams, Director Tamarind Institute
|Joe Funk and Daniel O. Stolpe began
Native Images during the summer of 1979. Joe spent the last two years of his life
developing the Native Images program and facility with both technical and financial
support. A few weeks before his death, Joe bequeathed the collection of his work, which
represents his 50 year career as an artist.
most people, Joe Funk was solely a master printer in the Los Angeles community during the
1950's and 60's, but as this collection reveals, Joe was also a contemporary visual
artist, with a unique insight of mystical life. Through his almost "religious"
motivation and commitment, he transformed ordinary, everyday found objects to communicate
his archetypical expressions of life's mysteries.
||This *catalogue of work represents
several months of cataloging and curating by the staff of Native Images. It is our goal to
give a comprehensive view of the works of Joe Funk for all interested collectors, museums
We would like to thank the
many artists, friends and patrons of Joe Funk for their invaluable assistance in the
creation of this project.
Daniel O. Stolpe, Director of Native Images 1979
Eric Mathes, President 1979-1983,
Board of Directors of Native Images
* Catalogue of Joe Funks complete works
available through Native Images. $12.95
Original works available for sale.
|More links to articles on Joe Funk
Joe Funk- a Sketch, an article written by
artist and writer, Keith Kirts.
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