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PRINTS | Screen Printing: Studio Time – Part Five

This post is a bit of a rush job and very belated, but I haven’t been getting into the studio that much of late due to the hum drum of keeping a roof over my head, the man off my back and some new boots on my feet, but this is how it goes. So after a busy summer I’ve got a back log of posts, tales and unfinished work to catch up on…and it will soon be Christmas!

The studio time was broken into three sessions of long days across July and August, resulting in x250 Coloured Sugar Paper, x250 Black Sugar Paper and x250 Rice Paper hand pulled screen prints.

The resulting image is a four layer screen print with Gold spray. The original image mixes paint, pastel and collage to form an Abstract Self Portrait, which uses the composition of traditional self portraiture merged with the subconscious iconoclastic imagery of my childhood (which up until recently I didn’t even realise had been such an influence on my work…and must probably the only religious thing left in me).

As you can see x4 layers along with x6 inks has produced quite a few permutations, to which I intend to add extra layers from another screen along with hand drawn and painted elements.

Ill be photographing and uploading the finished prints soon, so keep your eyes peeled and I’ll bring you news as and when they go on sale. So why not “Be Yocal, Buy Local!”…make a difference during the recession and support original artists, why buy reproduction art when you can support your local artists, consider it an investment!

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PRINTS | Screen Printing: ‘Analogue to Digital’ – A3 Screen Print Now Available To Buy

Screen Print Number Four is now available to buy online in Framedink Shop/Store.

This latest print is part of a series of work featuring influential artists, musicians and creative people.

Hand pulled Screen Print which comes from series of work which can be displayed together as a set or individually.

Title: Limited Edition Screen Print – Analogue to Digital Series

Edition: 32/32 (Total of 32 in Edition) Edition

All Prints are Signed/Numbered and Dated.

Colours: Black, Red & Blue.

Size: A3 – 30x42cms (Made to fit Ikea 40x50cm Ribba Frame)

Please Note: Frames Not Included.

Description: Hand pulled Screen Print which comes from series of work which can be displayed together as a set or individually.

This print is part of a series of work featuring influential artists, musicians and creative people, which looks at how the analogue and digital are now so heavily entwined. The idea for the ‘half man, half robot’ composition of the piece originates after I spent so much time working on a computer creating work that eventually my work only ever existed in digital form.

The series consists of two musicians and two artists, who are all a source of lasting inspiration and have all had a huge influence on my work.

The titles “John Lennon – Power To The People” and “Bob Marley – Get Up Stand Up” were used as I see them both as very empowering musicians who strived for something more than just fame and money, instead used there creativity to promote peace and raise awareness. Both Jean-Michel Basquiat AKA Samo and Barry Mcgee AKA Twist are artist’s who were and are heavily influenced by the original street graffiti movement of seventies New York and represent how the graffiti movement can be interpretated to form new and exciting platforms for art, bringing the streets inside and putting the galleries outside.

The 3D or linear element of the piece is a line drawing I did in the mid 90’s after trips to Munich in ’94 and Amsterdam in ’95, were I saw graffiti styles which took the impossibilities of M.C Escher’s drawings, the 3D techniques of Cubism, but most of all Russian art movements such as Futurism and adapted them to form letter styles which looked like solid, intertwined, impossible objects.

This 3D element was then over laid and blended with my images to show how these creative people now live on through technology and how they now traverse the analogue to digital world.

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PRINTS | Screen Printing: Studio Time – Part Four

The idea for my latest print, originates from spending so much time on a computer doing ‘digital’ illustration/design in the past that I got to a point were all my work only existed in digital form, and I had very rarely created an existing piece with paint/pencil or any physical materials.

It was only when I lost almost two years worth of digital work when backing up a hard drive that I started to assess my journey into the digital! It started in the mid nineties when I was at Stockport College, I was heavily advised that computer based design was the future and that my work would be perfect to adapt digitally, I never shared this opinion and dug my heels in as one of the last existing Technophobes, continuing with traditional techniques such as paint & collage, going on to do what I consider some of my best work. It was only whilst studying at Liverpool John Moores that I started to use Mac’s within my work as a tool, but before too long the technology had started to dominate my work and even more recently what felt like my whole life! It was only when I started in the screen print studio that I knew I had to make a change, I needed to rediscover and reignite my love for the ‘analogue’ world.

My latest series of prints consists of two musicians and two artists, who are all a source of lasting inspiration and have had a huge influence on my work. At first glance John Lennon and Bob Marley may seem like pretty obvious iconic subjects to align myself with and you’d be right, that’s why I chose to feature them because of exactly those reasons, people put posters of them as ‘icons’ on their walls without even knowing or thinking about what their lasting legacies are or how they continue, but for me they have had a lasting effect on the way I think, view the world and even how I live my life.

Putting Lennon’s musical genius to one side, the reason why Lennon lives on in my mind is because of how he challenged people to make a difference by simply doing things differently and this is why to this day he is still a lasting symbol of Peace!

Bob Marley’s obvious legacy is that of a Ganja smoking Rasta, but in reality at a time when issues such as the Civil Rights Movement and racial segregation were being tackled by western artists Marley came along with a totally unique perspective. Marley sang about the struggles of blacks and Africans against oppression from the west, his music woke up a generation to the emancipation of generations of Africans and blacks due to slavery and in the process introduced reggae to the masses.

The two artists consist of Jean-Michel Basquiat AKA Samo (Samo was the street name of Jean Michel Basquiat) an 80’s artist from New York who I have banged on about many times before so I will keep it short, but as with Marley – Basquiat’s work focused on his heritage through words, symbols and mythology, it is not only his work but how he interpretated his life and heritage that shaped a huge part of how I approach my work. Barry McGee AKA Twist is another street artist, McGee is from San Francisco and represents an new era of how the graffiti movement can be interpretated to form new and exciting platforms for art, bringing the streets inside and putting the galleries outside.

Both are artist’s who were and are heavily influenced by the original street graffiti movement of seventies New York and were able to transfer this influence into galleries in a unique way, on there own terms.

The 3D or linear element of the piece is a line drawing I did in the mid 90’s after trips to Munich in ’94 and Amsterdam in ’95, were I saw graffiti styles which took the impossibilities of M.C Escher’s drawings, the 3D techniques of Cubism, but most of all Russian art movements such as Futurism and adapted them to form letter styles which looked like solid, intertwined, impossible objects.

This final 3D element was then over laid and blended with my portrait to complete the composition and idea, showing how these creative people now live on through technology and how they now traverse the analogue to digital world…Half Man, Half Robot!

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PRINTS | Screen Printing: ‘The Elephant’s Graveyard’ – A2 Screen Print Now Available To Buy

My third screen print is now available to buy online in Framedink Shop/Store.

Title: A2 Limited Edition Screen Print – The Elephant’s Graveyard

Edition: Total of 50 in Edition.

All Prints are Signed/Numbered and Dated.

Colours: Yellow/Red/Black.

Size: A1 – 42x59cms (Made to fit Ikea 50x70cm or 70x100cm Ribba Frame)

Please Note: Frames Not Included.

Description: A large hand pulled Screen Print. ‘The Elephant’s Graveyard’ print comes from a piece of work called ‘The Party is Over’ in which I used the acid house smiley face over a skull to represent the death of the acid house scene. ‘The Elephant’s Graveyard’ is a place where, according to legend, older elephants instinctively direct themselves when they reach a certain age. They then die there alone, far from the group. The term is also a metaphor for a resting place of a collection, group or type. The composition is based on that of The Scream by Edvard Munch using the psychological phenomenon of Pareidolia as a form of stimulus.

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PRINTS | Screen Printing: Studio Time – Part Three

As you will see below I’ve been busy! The good thing is I now actually have some analogue art in the form of Limited Edition Screen Prints and T-shirts that you can touch and more importantly to my mortgage lender…hopefully buy!

I have really been enjoying my time in the studio if not hammering it, some may even deem me to be a screen print bore…but the upside of all this is I have another two prints on the way and will be moving to some bigger one off canvas pieces in summer.

I don’t want to give too much away at this stage but if you have been following my Blog for a while you will see this print contains the Acid Skull with a few new elements like Indian Elephants and Mushrooms thrown in pot.

Print will be available to buy shortly.

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PRINTS | T-Shirts: Circle of Mickey’s T-Shirt Now Available to Buy

“Circle Of Mickey’s For Samo and The Radiant One” – T-Shirt now available to buy, take a look in our online Shop/Store.

The ‘Circle Of Mickey’s’ T-Shirt is the first illustration from a set of 3 to be adapted onto a T-Shirt by our friends over at Wasted Heroes were Framedink are the featured ‘Guest Designer’ of the month.

Colour: Cyan on Navy-Blue.

Description: Circles of Mickey’s is a dedication to Samo (Samo was the street name of Jean Michel Basquiat) and The Radiant One (The Radiant One is in reference to Keith Haring), two artists who where heavily influenced by the original street graffiti movement of seventies New York and were able to transfer this influence into galleries in a unique way, on there own terms.

Printed on a 100% Combed Cotton Jersey T-shirt (165G)
 and Screen printed by hand using environmentally friendly water based inks.

The Circle of Mickey’s T-Shirt is now available to buy from www.wastedheroes.com and don’t forget to enter our Discount Code: FRAMEDINK on checkout.

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PRINTS | Screen Printing: Flyers

During the printing process I decided to print some extra prints to cut down into small ‘Flyers’, these individual prints are unique  in themselves and will be used to launch the release of the finished prints, so keep your eyes peeled…

I found these recession busting rubber letter stamps for £0.99p, bargain, lets get dirty!

Using File binders to hold the wooden blocks that the rubber letters sit on in place they made quite nice stamps.

The results are Ye Olde Drunken Letterpress Typesetting…who needs Apple Macs?

Finished Prints will be available at Octopi Shop & Gallery, 81 Renshaw Street (Opposite Rapid near The Dispensary Pub)

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