Stardust, multicolor Scratch-Art paper, ballpoint pens, gel pens, gouache, tape nibs, pointed brush, Dover Pictorial Archive line art, pen, 8.5" x 14", 2004

Los Angeles born Glen Epstein, via Santa Monica City College, UCLA, LA City College, UCLA again, graduated from Cal State (LA). A Dean's Honor List English Major, he was a fine enough poet to recieve a two-year Graduate Fellowship to the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. His heart and future, however, was always in calligraphy: turning writing beautiful things into writing things beautifully. With his brother Harry he owned and operated Epstein's Bookstore from 1969 to l977. In 1983 Kim Merker invited Glen to be a charter faculty member of the UI Center for the Book. He served the UICB and School of Art and Art History for 24 1/2 years, honorably discharged this past spring. Check out his website at and see why he is recognized among the top calligraphers in the world. A few years ago, a special edition of the Iowa City Press Citizen also included Glen among the top localists in "Fifty Famous Residents of Iowa City."

Of this work Epstein writes, "In kindergarten, we used to cover a sheet of paper entirely with one crayon; then cover over that with another color, and then another until the paper had about six layers of crayon. With an ice cream stick we made marks using different pressures, which revealed, to our delight, Technicolor art. It was like magic. In hindsight, I believe everybody (for better or worse) can rediscover these moments of memory that possibly may have been a small pivot to where they stand (or sit) at 8:31 pm tonight. Scratch Art Paper is glossy white or black or fluorescent papers that come in pads of a dozen. Usually a few bucks, pads contain a dozen sheets and wooden stylus -a pencil without the graphite. They can produce thin lines or wide (using the sloped edge) and like the crayon papers, there are layers of color revealing themselves according to your pressure. I have used many "cheap" techniques in my classes which produce rich effects, if only as a springboard for new ideas and visions. To make a beholder a better human being for experiencing such has nothing to do with handmade paper or expensive tools."

Glen Epstein's website

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