Artist Spotlight: Joel Elgin
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Artist Spotlight: Joel Elgin


We couldn't let St. Patrick's Day slip by without showcasing the work of Joel Elgin.  

Each of his prints begins with a story. His Irish roots provide rich inspiration for his vivid intaglios of symbolic creatures and objects. Joel's interest in Celtic mythology has led him to Ireland several times to explore the physical sites tied to certain legends.


Caolites Rabble: Two Redbreasts from the Great Wood, Color Intaglio, 18 x 12 inches

He writes, "The production of the print furthers my process of learning specific information and yet at the same time opens, more fully, the vein that connects me to my Irish heritage."


Sabda, Color intaglio, 24 x 18 inches

Joel, a Des Moines native, studied at Simpson College and Grandview College before attending the University of Iowa and receiving his B.F.A., M.A. and M.F.A. in Printmaking. He taught at Dartmouth College for five years and has served as a lecturer and visiting artist at Yale University and Swarthmore College. His prints are in the collections of Trinity College in Dublin, Harvard University Art Museums and the Milwaukee Museum of Art, among others. Joel is currently Professor of Printmaking at University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

03/18/2014 2:11 PM |Add a comment |Comments (2)
Beautiful, so proud, mom

Jane Elgin | | 03/17/2016 3:15 PM
Joel's prints - of which I thankfully own several are amazing in their ability to transport you into the magic that is Ireland. I don't mean the touristy Ireland with shamrocks and quaint pubs - I mean the magic of a country steeped in folklore and incredible stories. They are at once striking and incredibly thought provoking. The artistry and vision he has cannot be denied when you look at these prints.

Joe Anderson | | 03/14/2016 5:32 PM
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