Hockey fan and New Jersey native Celia Connaire goes by the moniker of Black-Haired Demon. Her art is scary good.
Using the old-school medium of woodcuts, Connaire, an illustration major from the Rhode Island School of Design, creates her work by applying ink to a block she chisels out and applies it to paper. The result is a stunning piece of art where every print is unique and a wee bit different. Connaire recently made an illustration of Alex Ovechkin sleeping with the Stanley Cup.
“Last year, I set out to make myself a kind of yearbook – a collection of woodblock prints covering the highlights of the 2017-18 hockey season,” Connaire said in an interview. “This print manifests the satisfaction of Ovechkin finally winning a Cup, of the Capitals finally making it all the way through, and reminds you of all the celebrating the team and their fans did last summer. Even if you don’t know a lot about hockey, there’s the humor and incongruity of the large trophy being cuddled like a teddy bear.”