Since 1976, when Shark’s Lithography opened as a contract print shop, through the past 40 years of publishing prints, Master printer Bud Shark has collaborated with a distinguished group of more than 150 artists and produced thousands of prints. This eclectic body of work has often challenged the assumptions and limitations of printmaking.
The Sharkive is a compilation of a print from each edition and related materials used to create them. Artists approach the printmaking process in many ways. Some arrive at the Shark’s studio with maquettes or drawings, others with a suitcase full of reference materials and some with an only an idea. The Sharkive contains some of these preparatory materials, as well as color trial proofs, unique proofs with paper alternatives and artist and printer notes and color separation proofs.
Processes used in the studio have included lithography; monotype- using watercolor, oil pastels and other materials; metal leaf, chine collé, embossing and collage, as well as innumerable innovations for cutting and printing woodblocks and other relief prints; and the engineering and construction of three-dimensional lithographs.
Bud Shark has devised unique methods and materials for realizing the challenging projects artists propose.
Prints published by Shark's Ink. are included in numerous private and public collections
including MoMA, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Metropolitan Museum
of Art, NY; Yale University Art Gallery, CT; The New York Public Library, NY; The
Library of Congress, DC; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL; The Hirshhorn Museum,
Smithsonian Institution, DC, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and many others.
Ink. is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association.