Pat Bag Art Print by Mark Vallen

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Pat Bag

Mark Vallen

United States

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Size: 15.5 W x 24.5 H x 0.3 D in

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This is my linoleum block portrait of Pat Morrison (a.k.a. Pat Bag), the enchantingly sinister-looking bass player for The Bags, one of the first and most notorious late 70s punk rock bands in Los Angeles. I carved the linoleum block in early 1979, and unbelievably did not actually print the edition until 2010. Each print in the limited edition of twelve was hand-pulled by master-printer John Greco at his Josephine Press print shop in Santa Monica, California. Printed on beautiful heavy white paper (acid free) using Dan Smith traditional relief ink; all prints are embossed in the lower right corner with the Josephine Press logo. Adhering to the time-honored practice in traditional printmaking, a final "cancellation print" was made after I cut a large "X" cut through the linoleum block - signifying the edition is closed and no further prints can be published from the block. At the earliest performances of The Bags, band members wore bags over their heads and each was assured anonymity by taking "Bag" as a last name. Pat left the group in 1980 and began performing under her own name; she eventually ended up joining The Damned, the first U.K. punk band to record a single, an album, and to tour the United States. Their 1977 visit to Los Angeles helped to ignite the L.A. punk scene, and in 1996 Morrison fittingly married The Damned's lead singer, Dave Vanian.

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Print:Linocuts on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:1

Size:15.5 W x 24.5 H x 0.3 D in

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I was born in Los Angeles, California in 1953, where I continue to live and work as professional artist. A painter and printmaker who creates images based on social observation and empathy for common people, I am a proponent of a new Social Realism for the 21st century. I favor craft, skill, beauty, draftsmanship, and profound narrative in art, and strive to create works that convey humanist concerns and a sense of the spiritual. I have been deeply influenced by the likes of Goya, the Mexican Muralists, the German Expressionists, the American Social Realist School of the 1930s and 1940s, and the Chicano Arts movement of the late 1960s. My commitment to figurative realism and universal themes of human solidarity and compassion are the perfect counterbalance to these chaotic times. In 2004 I founded the popular web log "Art for a Change," where I write about the intersection of art and politics; you can view my blog here: www.art-for-a-change.com/blog