Professionally printing since 1983, Master Printer Mark Mahaffey has exceptional knowledge of many forms of printmaking, and specializes in lithography and intaglio techniques. He is an intuitive collaborator, effectively anticipating artists' needs, suggesting materials, and offering innovative combinations of different print media. He constantly experiments integrating new technology with traditional methods, continually expanding his understanding of printmaking.
Before founding Mahaffey Fine Art, Mark worked at three of the most influential print workshops in the United States: Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles, Tyler Graphics Ltd. in New York, and Hand Graphics in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There, he worked with Richard Serra, Roy Lichtenstein, and David Hockney among others. Since establishing Mahaffey Fine Art in 1992, Mark has worked with numerous artists, including Dale Chihuly, Sherrie Wolf, and Dana Schutz.
Mahaffey Fine Art has 1,200 square feet of workspace with natural light, hardwood floors and 14' high ceilings. The workshop houses three presses including a 51" x 32" Griffin lithography press, a 70" x 40" Takach intaglio press, and a 43" x 24" Rembrant Pelican intaglio press. It also has a 53" x 43" vaccum frame, a 1000 NUARC exposure system, an aquatint box and a steelface plating system.
Mark operates the studio with his wife, artist Rae Mahaffey. Rae actively shows her work, has a rigorous studio practice, and is represented by The Russo Lee Gallery in Portland. She has been commissioned to create public art installations at the El Paso International Airport in Texas, Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington, Fire Department in Aurora, Colorado and Tigard Library in Oregon. More of Rae's work can be seen here: http://raemahaffey.com