The work of the calligrapher, the specific and intended arrangement of 26 simple characters, is unique amongst the visual arts in that we are held to the literally “carved in stone” rules of our craft, to create the perfectly formed letter. …..or are we?
Rick Paulus explores calligraphy in the digital age by first taking us on a quick and fascinating journey through time to creatively illustrate not only the shapes and mechanics of the letters of the Roman alphabet, but calligraphy’s important role in the progress of humanity. As we enter the twentieth-century, Rick explores in colorful detail the significant changes that have taken place over the past century, and the work of those who have been instrumental in this evolution. This presentation is part social history, part calligraphy-geek, and part philosophical inquiry, with quality historical and contemporary images to accompany the discussion.
This event is part of the Letterform Lecture series, co-presented by the San Francisco Public Library, and sponsored by Adobe.
Rick Paulus has been a calligrapher and a teacher for over forty years. Rick apprenticed for several years at the legendary Tolley Studios, in Washington, DC, before becoming the engrosser for the US State Department. In 1998, he was appointed chief calligrapher of the White House, where he remained for two presidents. Today, in addition to enjoying calligraphic explorations from his studio nestled in the coastal hills of Sonoma County, Rick is dedicated to sharing the knowledge gained through many years of studio production and experimentation to students young and old alike.