By MARY ANN MARGER
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 13, 2001
Lord of the Swamp, a linocut by Clearwater artist Stephen Littlefield, on view at Artists Unlimited, is a print, existing in multiples. But because it exists in no other form, each one is an original. Littlefield, inspired by his uncles who attended the University of Florida, created it for them and other family members the year the Gators won the national football championship (1997). He spent a week drawing the sketch, and another two or three weeks carving away the linoleum so that only the ink lines remained. Unlike most printmakers, he runs each print one at a time on request, because "it's easier to keep the (linoleum) blocks than the paper in Florida." So far he has sold 15 of a planned edition of 100.
The work is on view at Artists Unlimited in a printmakers theme show, "Endangered Species." The title is a double entendre because, with the proliferation of photographic reproductions and computer technology, the time-honored traditions of original printmaking are in danger.
The show at Artists Unlimited, 223 N 12th St., Tampa, runs through Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free. Call (813) 229-5958.
- MARY ANN MARGER, Times Art Critic