Jon Lybrook
Contemporary Works on Paper

JON LYBROOK, Erie, Colorado

Contemporary printmaking is where design and photography converged at some point, and it’s been a dance between worlds ever since. – Jon Lybrook

My name is Jon Lybrook and I am the owner of print publishing, and Master Printmaker at Intaglio Editions.  I have been researching custom approaches to creating continuous tone plates and prints from photopolymer since 2006. My love of photography and darkroom experimentation goes back to age 8 when I was allowed to use my mom’s Kodak Instamatic 24 camera for a darkroom photography class at a local community college. Later I was given my first 35mm SLR (an Argus) by my grandfather, and was allocated space in the family basement for a darkroom where I hand-processed many rolls of 35mm black and white and slide film for the high school yearbook, among other community projects, and my family’s photo archive. I have studied and befriended many photogravure printmaking experts from around the globe, and continue to study the craft I practice in collaboration with new and experienced print artists alike.

My non-figurative work incorporates the use of luminograms, or images made by painting directly on film with photo chemicals. In addition to being a printmaker-for-hire, I also work as an old-school web programmer and internet consultant.

7 Questions for Jon Lybrook

  1. Who are you and what do you do?
  2. I am Jon Lybrook and I am Owner and Master Printmaker at Intaglio Editions. I have collaborated closely with the artists to make all the prints on this website! I also run a private internet business service company called WSW3 Networks that builds and manages legacy business web applications.

  3. Why do you do what you do?
  4. Learning about the old-world art of photogravure printmaking for my own artistic needs, I became very good at it. I now work on contract to make high-resolution photogravure plates and prints for artists, photographers, and their collectors around the world.

  5. How do you work?
  6. I treat every image as a unique character and try to bring the most out in each one by proofing, making changes, then reprinting. I use a combination of inkjet and intaglio proofing to create the best possible profile for every print we edition. It takes longer, but it's the only way to achieve the custom quality my clients and I demand.

  7. What in your life workflow gives you the most freedom to create?
  8. Firstly, I have an incredible wife who works tirelessly for our family. I also have a number of business ventures that have provided me some freedom to pursue fine printmaking as a serious professional endeavor, which has been growing slowly since 2006.

  9. What themes do you pursue?
  10. My recurring themes involve exploring the ideas of inspiration, spirituality, truth, and the subconscious using techniques derived from the abstract expressionists. I continue to draw inspiration from performance art, and the 1960s, when avant garde artists collaborated with intellectuals and beat poets to make films and visual art that remains a part of our western and American cultural narrative.

  11. What is your dream project?
  12. You're looking at it! My dream project is to provide high-quality, traditional printmaking services to popular artists with compelling artwork that's worth sharing. Eventually I would like to release large-sized, limited editions for more celebrity artist clients. That would allow me to explore new techniques in contemporary photogravure to lend to future releases.

  13. What jobs have you done other than being a visual artist?
  14. Both my Fine Art Printmaking and Internet Consulting practices take up most of my time currently. Prior to that I've been a prep cook, production assistant, administrative assistant, stage manager, computer operator, computer programmer, system administrator, and small business owner.

    Jon Lybrook, Sept. 2019
    Boulder, Colorado