The Aaron Horkey 5th Anniversary Retrospective Letterpress Print Series

Ok, so due to some last minute production snags, this isn’t the full info I expected, but it should whet your appetite until more details (ie images, sizes, etc) come along.  Stay tuned, you will want to hear about further info and surprises as they come down the pipe, trust me.  Perfection takes time.  Just keep in mind these are coming very soon (think days and weeks, not months).  Enjoy the info!

Direct from Dead Arts Publishing:

“Dead Arts Publishing is pleased to announce Aaron Horkey’s 5th Anniversary print retrospective series!

The collection will span his 5 year career in posters and includes 18 selected illustrations.  They will be presented as one color black and white letterpress prints in the same format as the original artwork.  Available both as individually framed prints and as 6 piece portfolio volumes, the offerings will be priced from the $100’s for individual pieces and from the $900’s for the 6 piece volumes.  Additionally, each 6 piece volume will include an exclusive bonus print offered solely therein, and will be newly crafted illustrations specifically for this series!

The prints will be available for all to purchase during an open sales period, after which the editions will be closed and limited to the orders received.  A real time count of the editions will be displayed prominently on the site to allow for fully informed purchasing.  We hope to be able to offer an ample amount of time to make these pieces available to everyone who would enjoy them.

There are several more very exciting surprises in store for this series, so please stay tuned to and for more exclusive details, images and hand-crafted goodness leading all the way up to the forthcoming release date! “

38 Responses to “The Aaron Horkey 5th Anniversary Retrospective Letterpress Print Series”

  1. This is so awesome. Looks like I’ll be selling off half my life to get $900. Excluding the existing Horkey collection of course. Really excited to see some finished product.

  2. i just hope the three 6 piece portfolios won’t be for presale at once. i might be able to get $900 together with some hustling, but $1800 might be impossible.

  3. holy shit! that in times of financial crisis…i hope Santa Claus is good to me. :o)

  4. yeah i wonder how many people have the full 2700$, I dont think I can even get 900 together

  5. damn, you are right, that’s $2700.

  6. recession special!

    Cool news, just not the price point I was hoping for.

  7. Yeah definitely pricey. Just sucks you have to shell out 900 just to get a “new” illustration. Too bad you couldn’t just buy those seperate.

  8. I apologize for the ambiguity, each volume will be offered at separate points in time, with reasonable periods of time between each.

    Thank you.

  9. open sales period = yesssssssss
    suck on that, ebay

  10. Bad timing with Christmas coming up, unless of course you happen to know someone willing to shell out $900 on your present.
    My girlfriend just told me that she will kill me if I drop $900 on one of these… I’m a dead man

  11. @Dead Arts Publishing

    thank you so much. 😀

    i think a stone just fell of my heart.

    yay! i guess to play it safe i won’t buy any other art that is not horkey related between this time periods.

  12. If I can scrape the money together, I hope it’s 900 even w/ shipping, would suck if it’s closer to 1K after shipping.

    Still seems kind of high for a time limited edition.
    These are gonna be great quality though…

  13. i bet they’ll be worth every penny.

  14. ouch. 900 bucks a set. i’ll probably pick my favorite of the bunch and buy one for 100 bucks.

  15. If 6 are $900, 1 ain’t gonna be $100, try more like 150 or above.

  16. ooowww, 900 bucks huh? Hope my GF worked some overtime this year. I smell a great christmas gift. haha!

    but considering the high price, then possibly shipping, have fun adding in all the framing cost along with it. I dont think anyone willing to shell out that kind of cash is willing to either leave them rolled up in tubes under their bed or stored in a folder so know one can see.

    I think i might start a custom framing site and try to get in good with the administration here. plenty of customers on this blog alone.

  17. bs. just like the detritius, i’ll wait to find a deal on ebay. He likes to act all humble in his interviews, but its obvious he considers himself one the elite if he decides to charge these ridiculous prices. i guess he isnt trying to cater to the people. just the people with money. seems to go against everything i knew Aaron stood. Weak!!

  18. IMO, too pricey for a timed edition.

    PS – Thank you for spelling “whet” correctly!!!

  19. Did you guys read that the individual prints are framed?

  20. Money makes more art sometimes, We are in a financial crisis…sucks; but we all work somehow to pay for what ever it is we want.

  21. Hey bigandround,

    What exactly is it you think Aaron stands for? Aaron has painting commissions through the year that go up to $20,000. He also is continuing to pump out more and more commerical work for big clothing brands like addidas and billabong, yet he still takes the time to do album artwork for a small band like cougar den and threadbare, bands you have never heard of, which probably don’t pay shit. You can still go to a show and buy his band posters for $25. If you can’t make it to the show you can buy his posters for $50 from burlesque. Here you will have the opportunity to get a framed letterpress print for around $100 up. So tell me why he does all this when he has paying commericial gigs and people buying 10-20k paintings (paintings that he can later sell as a print) with more than a years wait?


  22. ^^^^^^ ….

  23. oh, they are framed huh? missed that.

  24. My guess is the limited edition portfolios are not going to be your run of the mill setup thrown into a cardboard sleeve, thus justifying the price.

  25. bigandround. – you are an ass.

  26. bigandround, you are totally wrong about Aaron. I have worked with him and had a show of his work at my gallery. All i can tell you is that he is a downright nice guy, and absolutely nothing like you claim him to be. How in the world can you make assumptions about a person like that without meeting him?

    Personally i am totally fucking excited about this release and will buy all three sets. Aaron has a very high standard that he holds people that print his stuff to, i am sure this sets will be amazing. Anyone that went to his show at my gallery will testify that the line art is mindblowing.

  27. word.

  28. is it just me or is he doing less and less with BoNA? It doesn’t seem very loyal “hey BoNA is like Voltron” like to me.

    I mean, sure he still knocks out the gig posters with BoNA, but it just seems that his higher end work is not being done with BoNA.

    Hey, um… what was the name of the special print with the special thing that aaron did for BoNA this year?

    I think a big part of Aaron’s success has to be attributed to BoNA. They printed and managed all of his early work, and it was through the BoNA website that I got to know his work. They brought his illustrations to life with incredible printing.

    Now Aaron is one of the top gig poster artists around, and it seems like the work he does with BoNA is basic, while the high end $1000 apiece stuff work goes through other galleries, etc.

    By doing high-end prints for other galleries, etc. BoNA looses in two ways:
    > they don’t make any money from this sale because they didn’t sell these prints.
    > sales of regular horkey posters will be in less demand in 2009.*

    * With the recession, people are already buying less posters. They are more picky about what they spend their money on. And if people are committing up to $2,700 for aaron horkey prints, people will be more picky about even buying MORE horkey prints.

    For the most part, most of the 16 prints will be recycled one-colour images, a ‘greatest hits’ if you will.

    To create a one color letterpress plate is easy and relatively cheap. Its definitely not hand-chiseled out of a thick sheet of copper by art gnomes. I would estimate (quite generously) that the cost of one of these 1 colour prints to be $30, which would include everything (paper, ink, time, employees, amortization of the building, long distance phone calls, burning dvds, etc.)

    To then turn around and be selling these for $150 – $200 EACH, is outrageous. Sure, its america, he’s an artist, blah blah blah, but this is one sale I will not take part in.

  29. You guys are seriously exhausting. If it’s too much for you, don’t buy it. Quit trying to tell artists what they can and can’t charge, you are being ridiculous.

  30. “Hey, um… what was the name of the special print with the special thing that aaron did for BoNA this year?”

    Hey, um that would be Whale Bone Grove (17 color screenprint) AND Detritus (which BoNA printed even if they didn’t sell).

  31. “hey um… WBG was meant for 2007” and the entire project almost got scrapped. It was only completed to try to bring value to the people who bought a $1000 sub.

    if they felt the subs had enough value to them, that project would be DOA. In fact, it was so late, that they sold it in 2008!

    and “oooh wow, a 3 color screen print horkey named detritus”.

    BoNA would have made but a pittance for screening those 3 colors.

  32. Quit posting dumb shit on my site and acting like you know what you are talking about. You know literally nothing about Aaron’s relationship with Burlesque, and everyone knows it.

  33. I don’t care what anyone says, its so exciting to be able to buy any of Aaron’s work!

  34. Wow, this section makes my eyes tired and my head hurt.

  35. oh come on admin… you know about all the drama

  36. Hey what happened to this?

  37. ^^^^^

  38. Bump

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