Since 1976, when we began printing as Shark’s Lithography Ltd, through the last 40 years of publishing prints as Shark’s Ink, we have collaborated with a distinguished group of more than 160 artists from the United States and Europe.
The artists we invite to make prints at Sharks pursue a strong personal vision in their work. These relationships continue over many projects with artists returning regularly to collaborate on new prints. Many of the artists have produced large bodies of work over their years of collaborating with Shark’s.
The prints produced at Shark’s Ink are an eclectic group that use unusual and inventive printmaking techniques. Artists approach the 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.
Processes used in the studio have included lithography; monotype- using watercolor, oil pastels and other materials; metal leaf, chine colle, 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. We devise unique methods and materials for realizing the challenging projects artists propose.
Our prints are included in numerous private and public collections such as:
- The Museum of Modern Art, NY
- The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
- Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
- The New York Public Library, NY
- The Library of Congress, Washington, DC
- The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
- The Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
- The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
- and many others
Bud Shark, Master Printer, was born in Devils Lake, North Dakota. He received a BS from University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MA from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. After four years in London printing for Editions Alecto and Petersburg Press he returned to the US. In 1976 he opened Shark’s Lithography Ltd in Boulder, Colorado and relocated the studio as Shark’s Ink. to Lyons, Colorado in 1998.