about this work:

Tyrus made his first Christmas card print in 1996. While in graduate school he began studying the printmaking techniques of Stanley Hayter. Clutter discovered that Hayter had produced an annual greeting card for friends and colleagues and decided to do the same. The first editions consisted of no more than thirty-five prints and there are a couple years when there just was not time to produce an image. Eventually, the edition number rose and he produced the prints not just for the hundred or more friends and family members that the list had grown to encompass, but for many constituents in CIVA. The numbers rose to over three hundred. The editions are currently around two hundred. Since 2005 the images have been a reworking of some master work from the renaissance (and one from the twentieth century) and the card has included a short theological rumination on why Tyrus chose the particular image or technique.