Tony Lazorko (1935–2017) created multicolored woodcut prints of the American West in his adopted home of Mesilla, New Mexico. His artistic path begins in Philadelphia as a window decorator and evolves into fine art painter and newspaper designer and finally, printmaker.
His works describe the American experience – the pleasures of abundance (Let’s Eat, 2011), workers at labor (Making Adobes, 2006) or after a night shift in the glow of an all-night diner (Eat Rite at Nite, 2005), the humanity of ordinary lives from trailer parks (Feed the Kitties, 2008) and motels (Vacancy, 2009) to the drive-thru (Fast Food Mama, 2012), and the longing for home (Going Home, 2009).
“He inherited the spirit and vision of American regionalism but with a 21st century flair,” writes Peter Briggs, the Helen DeVitt Jones curator of art at the Museum of Texas Tech University, in an article at www.artistprintmakerresearchcollection.org. “Images of people feeding at McDonald's, of 18 wheeler trucks speeding down I-10 and I-25 between Albuquerque, Los Angeles and El Paso, of cafes and other businesses abandoned along stretches of older highways relegated to obscurity by the interstate highways, and the dramatic Organ Mountains that filled the landscape to the east of his home, found their way onto his wood panels.”