Silkscreens

Screenprinting does not require a printing press. This technique was made famous in the 1960s when artists such as Andy Warhol exploited its bold, commercial look to make 'Pop Icons'. To make a screenprint, an image that has been cut out of paper or fabric is attached to a piece of tautly stretched mesh. Paint is then forced through the mesh (or screen) onto a sheet of paper beneath it by means of a squeegee. The uncovered areas of the screen will, of course, allow the paint to pass through, while the areas covered by the compositional shapes will not. For works with more than one colour, a separate screen is required for each colour. This technique is often referred to as 'serigraphy', a term coined to distinguish between commercial and artistic screenprinting.

Above: Martin Sharp signing his silkscreen "Pentecost Continued"

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