Of his printmaking, Mentor writes: ‘In my lithographs, I attempt to find a new pictorial and psychological space by locating it at an intersection between botanical illustrations, things-to-do lists, phone message pads, and diaries.’ What is seemingly mundane actually produces contemplation on the part of the viewer, who must reconsider the meaning of these cryptic images and text when they are layered over each other. Born in 1958, Will Mentor has held a long, successful exhibition career since the early 1980s when he completed his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has had multiple solo shows at P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, NY and the Des Moines Art Center.
Mentors artwork is within major museum collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum, WI. Mentor was a professor at the University of Iowa and is currently teaching at St. Michael’s College in Vermont.