Bert Green Fine Art

William Powhida

Based in Brooklyn, NY, William Powhida is actively engaged with the contradictions and absurdities of class-based realities in the commercial and public art worlds. He has complied enemy lists of collectors and curators, hired an actor to portray himself as an abusive caricature at openings, and used the corporation “Grevsky LLC” to critique the making and selling of contemporary artwork. The artworks themselves are mostly text-driven drawings and paintings, in a highly skilled trompe l'oeil style.

William Powhida has created a unique print in collaboration with Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago, and Aardvark Letterpress in Los Angeles. “What is an Artist?” is a 7.5 x 5.625" letterpress printed on heavy paper, laser cut torn paper shape and die cut tape fragment, mounted to a backing sheet. Sheet size is 20 x 16" with a depth of 0.375". The raised, sculptural quality of the mounting protrudes from the backing, casting a shadow. Edition size is 30 with 4 APs and 2 PPs. Signed lower right by the artist, and numbered lower left.

This print and the original drawing are now available. The original drawing will be publicly shown with the completed print for the first time in January 2018 in the BGFA booth at the LA Art Show, in the Works on Paper section of the fair.


“What is an Artist?”
4 color Letterpress, laser cut and die cut parts mounted on Reich Savoy Brilliant White paper.
Image Size: 7.5" x 5.625" x 0.375"
Paper Size: 20 x 16 x 0.375"
Edition of 30, 4 APS, 2 PPs
signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left

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“What is an Artist?”
Graphite, watercolor, colored pencil on paper
20 x 16"
signed and dated on reverse, lower left

Print Production Images

William Powhida signing the prints

Die cut of tape piece
cut from printed sheet

Laser cut page outline samples

Ink mixing before printing

Plates for press