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In a natural transition from working with letters as forms, using the historical Hatch Show Print collection and archive, Sherraden’s new work explore geometric shapes as the primary form source. Recalling quilts or oriental rugs, the work is assembled through a process of construction, destruction, and reconstruction. Newly carved wood blocks, created during his recent sabbatical in Northern Europe , rely on richly detailed foliate and abstract designs. The block prints are cut and then reassembled with an eye toward the balance, color, and contrast that are key to quilt and rug design. Bold and colorful, these new works are a natural extension of thirty years of typesetting, in essence, a shift from abstracted representational work to pieces that are at a first glance entirely abstract in nature but belie rich details upon closer inspection.
~ Mark DeLelys
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Jim Sherraden, a native of Kansas, has been a resident of Nashville, Tennessee since 1977. There he completed his university studies, which included a strong education in printmaking. From this foundation, he managed Hatch Show Print beginning in 1984 until 2013, overseeing its transition from a cultural survivor to a widely recognized graphic design icon and destination for letterpress enthusiasts.
Through Hatch, his clients included Emmylou Harris, B.B. King, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Fossil Watch Company, Entertainment Weekly, the city of Nashville, and numerous others. In 1992, he began creating individual pieces of art called monoprints. These artworks are based on the Hatch archive and are collected by individuals and institutions worldwide, including the Ayers collection of Tennessee artists for First Bank in Nashville. Sherraden has travelled extensively, both nationally and internationally, conducting workshops and speaking.
In 2005, Sherraden returned to carving his own woodcuts, continuing the work that first led him to Hatch Show Print over 30 years earlier. Six years later he began creating wooden quilts and then paper quilts the subsequent year. For these works of art, the artist readily cuts up his own printed pieces, mixing and matching them on single and multi-dimensional surfaces. His quilts have recently been shown in 2016 at Yard Dog Gallery in Austin, Texas, Middle Tennessee State University’s Todd Art Gallery, and the AD 20/21 Boston Print Fair, as well as the 2017 exhibitions HATCH-ed at the historic Belcourt Theatre in Nashville and From Brayer to Brush at the Southern Studies Conference at Auburn University Montgomery.
Jim Sherraden is represented by the Haley Gallery in Nashville, which also exhibits his monoprint work created during his tenure as Master Printer at Hatch Show Print from 2013 to 2017. He is currently the shops archivist for its parent company, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Inc., in Nashville Tennessee. Additionally, Sherraden is on the Artists Advisory Board at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, where he currently serves as their visiting artist.