Fred Hagstrom

Minnesota artist Fred Hagstrom received his BA from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition, he studied at the University of Chicago for one year, as well as under S.W. Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris, France. Hagstrom takes student groups to Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Studying the art of that region and drawing in nature during those trips has been influential in his work.

He has been teaching printmaking at Carleton College since 1984. His prints and artist’s books are included in numerous public collections. Hagstrom lives and maintains a studio in St. Paul.

Artist Statement:

My work changed when I began spending hours drawing from nature. I have endless sketchbooks that come from this experience. But these are informal works that I do for my own study, rather than to exhibit. When I tried to translate this work into prints, it did not make sense to me to try to work in a literal way from the drawings. Instead, I am seeking a sort of personalized response to the land. I am hoping my prints still convey a sense of wonder that I know that I feel through my time in nature. I feel my current manner of working does this better than if I were to refer to my studies of the natural world in a more direct and obvious manner.

Fred Hagstrom "Te Henga, Bethells Beach, state II" | 2017 | woodcut monoprint | $350.00
image: 11 x 15" | unframed

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