Thursday, April 25, 2013

Willie Nelson Austin Poster by Darcy J. Watt Release Details

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I have spoken at various times about my appreciation of artists who get their hands dirty and create work the old fashion way. Not taking the easy way but really creating art. Working on something that really makes a statement by showing their love and dedication to the process and finally the art it self. When I first saw this poster by Darcy J Watt I was impressed, then after seeing how he created it, the respect grew even more. I may not be a Willie Nelson fan but this is one beautiful piece of work.

This 18″x24″, four color, screen printed gig poster was created for The Backyard (Austin, TX) and Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday show held there on April 28th, 2013.

Once drawn and inked, the design was transferred to birch plywood and hand carved as a woodcut relief print. After turning the carved and inked wood block through his traditional etching press the resulting impression was scanned, digitally colored and prepped for printing. The edition was limited to only 150 prints which were screen printed by Ben LaFond of Burlesque of North America. Each poster is signed and numbered in pencil on the front.

Willie Nelson has announced this show will be held as a benefit concert for West, TX after its fertilizer plant explosion. A good portion of online poster sales will also be donated to the victims

The poster goes on sale Monday April 29 at 1 PM CDT in Darcy's online store HERE

Be sure to check out his website to see more process pictures and some videos, it really is some amazing work.


  1. I was at the concert last night and was PUMPED to see this poster there. Thanks for publishing the details behind it.