The Monoprints – 2019

Much as I like my recent Silkscreen works, there are several creative drawbacks inherent in the manner they are created.

I needed to find an immediacy & energy in the way I presently feel about my subject matter; there is so much to record, get down & experiment with, & while this is fine to take through the sketchbook I felt that staying within Print was the best way to keep a stylistic thread & also keep a drive & level of engagement and excitement that only I (the Printmaker!) can feel in his Medium.

I wandered across Gelliplates quite by accident at the start of 2019 & instantly found a superb way of translating the ideas down the moment they came to mind – they a ridiculously easy to work with & allow for a huge range of experimentation. They are somewhat marketed towards the Children’s market, & quite rightly…they make you feel artistically playful & free.

I found myself doing 5-6 prints a day with ease, & nearly all were worthy of the folio & sharing. The flexibility of working like this without a Press allowed me to Print in situ whilst away recently in USA & Portugal, & gave an immediacy to observing the Landscape around me.

I’m looking forward to moving a number of pieces upscale in both Silkscreen & Digitally next year, but for now I’m more than happy to get lost in Monoprinting & record my thoughts on the World as they arrive

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