Monotype

Monotype

A monotype is a unique image produced by printing from a smooth plate, like glass or metal, that has been inked with a design.

The image is moved from the plate onto a sheet of paper by pressing them together, typically employing a printing press.

Monotypes can alternatively be crafted by applying ink across the entire surface and then, with brushes or cloths, selectively removing ink to generate areas of light within a solid, opaque colour region. Generally, a monotype impression is one-of-a-kind, although occasionally a second, fainter impression can be obtained from the inked plate, but it will be significantly lighter and generally of lower quality.

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Gemma Rolls-Bentley's collection

For Gemma Rolls-Bentley, collecting begins with understanding your own values and what you represent. As a curator and creative consultant, this is how she approaches her own collection as well as those she builds for others – guided by the idea that art should hold real meaning for those who spend time with it. The art that fills her South London home is a reflection of the queer family she is creating with her wife, poet and dementia specialist, Danielle Wilde.

Gemma Rolls-Bentley's collection
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Tunji Adeniyi-Jones

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones was born in 1992 in London, UK, and is currently based in New York, USA.

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones
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Glaring Shade

In Glaring Shade, Gribbon inserts Scott into various scenes through the matrix of the queer woman artist in the 21st century.The series of 12 monotype prints draw attention to the act of seeing, not just for the artist and viewer, but also for the subject. The variations of print motifs each draw attention to Scott’s eyes, created by unique manipulations of a printing plate and inks. In one scenario, Scott blocks a spotlight light with her hand, a nod to her performance background. In another, she protects herself with an eyepatch, surrounded by an imagined greenscape inspired by art historical scenes. This playful approach to printmaking allows the viewer to empathise with Scott’s experience of seeing, whilst simultaneously questioning what it is to be seen.

Glaring Shade
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Glaring Shade

In Glaring Shade, Gribbon inserts Scott into various scenes through the matrix of the queer woman artist in the 21st century.The series of 12 monotype prints draw attention to the act of seeing, not just for the artist and viewer, but also for the subject. The variations of print motifs each draw attention to Scott’s eyes, created by unique manipulations of a printing plate and inks. In one scenario, Scott blocks a spotlight light with her hand, a nod to her performance background. In another, she protects herself with an eyepatch, surrounded by an imagined greenscape inspired by art historical scenes. This playful approach to printmaking allows the viewer to empathise with Scott’s experience of seeing, whilst simultaneously questioning what it is to be seen.

Glaring Shade
Print

Glaring Shade

In Glaring Shade, Gribbon inserts Scott into various scenes through the matrix of the queer woman artist in the 21st century.The series of 12 monotype prints draw attention to the act of seeing, not just for the artist and viewer, but also for the subject. The variations of print motifs each draw attention to Scott’s eyes, created by unique manipulations of a printing plate and inks. In one scenario, Scott blocks a spotlight light with her hand, a nod to her performance background. In another, she protects herself with an eyepatch, surrounded by an imagined greenscape inspired by art historical scenes. This playful approach to printmaking allows the viewer to empathise with Scott’s experience of seeing, whilst simultaneously questioning what it is to be seen.

Glaring Shade
Print

Glaring Shade

In Glaring Shade, Gribbon inserts Scott into various scenes through the matrix of the queer woman artist in the 21st century.The series of 12 monotype prints draw attention to the act of seeing, not just for the artist and viewer, but also for the subject. The variations of print motifs each draw attention to Scott’s eyes, created by unique manipulations of a printing plate and inks. In one scenario, Scott blocks a spotlight light with her hand, a nod to her performance background. In another, she protects herself with an eyepatch, surrounded by an imagined greenscape inspired by art historical scenes. This playful approach to printmaking allows the viewer to empathise with Scott’s experience of seeing, whilst simultaneously questioning what it is to be seen.

Glaring Shade
Print

Glaring Shade

In Glaring Shade, Gribbon inserts Scott into various scenes through the matrix of the queer woman artist in the 21st century.The series of 12 monotype prints draw attention to the act of seeing, not just for the artist and viewer, but also for the subject. The variations of print motifs each draw attention to Scott’s eyes, created by unique manipulations of a printing plate and inks. In one scenario, Scott blocks a spotlight light with her hand, a nod to her performance background. In another, she protects herself with an eyepatch, surrounded by an imagined greenscape inspired by art historical scenes. This playful approach to printmaking allows the viewer to empathise with Scott’s experience of seeing, whilst simultaneously questioning what it is to be seen.

Glaring Shade
Print

Glaring Shade

In Glaring Shade, Gribbon inserts Scott into various scenes through the matrix of the queer woman artist in the 21st century.The series of 12 monotype prints draw attention to the act of seeing, not just for the artist and viewer, but also for the subject. The variations of print motifs each draw attention to Scott’s eyes, created by unique manipulations of a printing plate and inks. In one scenario, Scott blocks a spotlight light with her hand, a nod to her performance background. In another, she protects herself with an eyepatch, surrounded by an imagined greenscape inspired by art historical scenes. This playful approach to printmaking allows the viewer to empathise with Scott’s experience of seeing, whilst simultaneously questioning what it is to be seen.

Glaring Shade
Print

Glaring Shade

In Glaring Shade, Gribbon inserts Scott into various scenes through the matrix of the queer woman artist in the 21st century.The series of 12 monotype prints draw attention to the act of seeing, not just for the artist and viewer, but also for the subject. The variations of print motifs each draw attention to Scott’s eyes, created by unique manipulations of a printing plate and inks. In one scenario, Scott blocks a spotlight light with her hand, a nod to her performance background. In another, she protects herself with an eyepatch, surrounded by an imagined greenscape inspired by art historical scenes. This playful approach to printmaking allows the viewer to empathise with Scott’s experience of seeing, whilst simultaneously questioning what it is to be seen.

Glaring Shade
Print

Glaring Shade

In Glaring Shade, Gribbon inserts Scott into various scenes through the matrix of the queer woman artist in the 21st century.The series of 12 monotype prints draw attention to the act of seeing, not just for the artist and viewer, but also for the subject. The variations of print motifs each draw attention to Scott’s eyes, created by unique manipulations of a printing plate and inks. In one scenario, Scott blocks a spotlight light with her hand, a nod to her performance background. In another, she protects herself with an eyepatch, surrounded by an imagined greenscape inspired by art historical scenes. This playful approach to printmaking allows the viewer to empathise with Scott’s experience of seeing, whilst simultaneously questioning what it is to be seen.

Glaring Shade
Print

Glaring Shade

In Glaring Shade, Gribbon inserts Scott into various scenes through the matrix of the queer woman artist in the 21st century.The series of 12 monotype prints draw attention to the act of seeing, not just for the artist and viewer, but also for the subject. The variations of print motifs each draw attention to Scott’s eyes, created by unique manipulations of a printing plate and inks. In one scenario, Scott blocks a spotlight light with her hand, a nod to her performance background. In another, she protects herself with an eyepatch, surrounded by an imagined greenscape inspired by art historical scenes. This playful approach to printmaking allows the viewer to empathise with Scott’s experience of seeing, whilst simultaneously questioning what it is to be seen.

Glaring Shade
Print

Glaring Shade

In Glaring Shade, Gribbon inserts Scott into various scenes through the matrix of the queer woman artist in the 21st century.The series of 12 monotype prints draw attention to the act of seeing, not just for the artist and viewer, but also for the subject. The variations of print motifs each draw attention to Scott’s eyes, created by unique manipulations of a printing plate and inks. In one scenario, Scott blocks a spotlight light with her hand, a nod to her performance background. In another, she protects herself with an eyepatch, surrounded by an imagined greenscape inspired by art historical scenes. This playful approach to printmaking allows the viewer to empathise with Scott’s experience of seeing, whilst simultaneously questioning what it is to be seen.

Glaring Shade
Print

Glaring Shade

In Glaring Shade, Gribbon inserts Scott into various scenes through the matrix of the queer woman artist in the 21st century.The series of 12 monotype prints draw attention to the act of seeing, not just for the artist and viewer, but also for the subject. The variations of print motifs each draw attention to Scott’s eyes, created by unique manipulations of a printing plate and inks. In one scenario, Scott blocks a spotlight light with her hand, a nod to her performance background. In another, she protects herself with an eyepatch, surrounded by an imagined greenscape inspired by art historical scenes. This playful approach to printmaking allows the viewer to empathise with Scott’s experience of seeing, whilst simultaneously questioning what it is to be seen.

Glaring Shade
Print

Glaring Shade

In Glaring Shade, Gribbon inserts Scott into various scenes through the matrix of the queer woman artist in the 21st century.The series of 12 monotype prints draw attention to the act of seeing, not just for the artist and viewer, but also for the subject. The variations of print motifs each draw attention to Scott’s eyes, created by unique manipulations of a printing plate and inks. In one scenario, Scott blocks a spotlight light with her hand, a nod to her performance background. In another, she protects herself with an eyepatch, surrounded by an imagined greenscape inspired by art historical scenes. This playful approach to printmaking allows the viewer to empathise with Scott’s experience of seeing, whilst simultaneously questioning what it is to be seen.

Glaring Shade
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Rare Hero

New and old collide in Christian Rex van Minnen’s absurdist, emotionally-charged portraits. Rare Hero belongs to Avatars, a series of 10 original monotypes created specially for our debut collaboration.Realised through a bespoke process dubbed ‘indirect painting in monotype’ by the artist, each work comprises a series of unique impressions from hand-painted plexiglass plates – evoking the layered technique of historic Venetian painting with an irreverent contemporary vocabulary.“Monotype as a process occupies a strange territory – they are ultimately one of one. Only one can be made.”

Rare Hero
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GN Bearish

New and old collide in Christian Rex van Minnen’s absurdist, emotionally-charged portraits. GN Bearish belongs to Avatars, a series of 10 original monotypes created specially for our debut collaboration.Realised through a bespoke process dubbed ‘indirect painting in monotype’ by the artist, each work comprises a series of unique impressions from hand-painted plexiglass plates – evoking the layered technique of historic Venetian painting with an irreverent contemporary vocabulary.“Monotype as a process occupies a strange territory – they are ultimately one of one. Only one can be made.”

GN Bearish
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Deep Web Golden Bunny

New and old collide in Christian Rex van Minnen’s absurdist, emotionally-charged portraits. Deep Web Golden Bunny belongs to Avatars, a series of 10 original monotypes created specially for our debut collaboration.Realised through a bespoke process dubbed ‘indirect painting in monotype’ by the artist, each work comprises a series of unique impressions from hand-painted plexiglass plates – evoking the layered technique of historic Venetian painting with an irreverent contemporary vocabulary.“Monotype as a process occupies a strange territory – they are ultimately one of one. Only one can be made.”

Deep Web Golden Bunny
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A Sweet Tiger Man

New and old collide in Christian Rex van Minnen’s absurdist, emotionally-charged portraits. A Sweet Tiger Man belongs to Avatars, a series of 10 original monotypes created specially for our debut collaboration.Realised through a bespoke process dubbed ‘indirect painting in monotype’ by the artist, each work comprises a series of unique impressions from hand-painted plexiglass plates – evoking the layered technique of historic Venetian painting with an irreverent contemporary vocabulary.“Monotype as a process occupies a strange territory – they are ultimately one of one. Only one can be made.”

A Sweet Tiger Man
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Very Thick Avatar

New and old collide in Christian Rex van Minnen’s absurdist, emotionally-charged portraits. Very Thick Avatar belongs to Avatars, a series of 10 original monotypes created specially for our debut collaboration.Realised through a bespoke process dubbed ‘indirect painting in monotype’ by the artist, each work comprises a series of unique impressions from hand-painted plexiglass plates – evoking the layered technique of historic Venetian painting with an irreverent contemporary vocabulary.“Monotype as a process occupies a strange territory – they are ultimately one of one. Only one can be made.”

Very Thick Avatar
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Very Thin Avatar

New and old collide in Christian Rex van Minnen’s absurdist, emotionally-charged portraits. Very Thin Avatar belongs to Avatars, a series of 10 original monotypes created specially for our debut collaboration.Realised through a bespoke process dubbed ‘indirect painting in monotype’ by the artist, each work comprises a series of unique impressions from hand-painted plexiglass plates – evoking the layered technique of historic Venetian painting with an irreverent contemporary vocabulary.“Monotype as a process occupies a strange territory – they are ultimately one of one. Only one can be made.”

Very Thin Avatar
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The Expert

New and old collide in Christian Rex van Minnen’s absurdist, emotionally-charged portraits. The Expert belongs to Avatars, a series of 10 original monotypes created specially for our debut collaboration.Realised through a bespoke process dubbed ‘indirect painting in monotype’ by the artist, each work comprises a series of unique impressions from hand-painted plexiglass plates – evoking the layered technique of historic Venetian painting with an irreverent contemporary vocabulary.“Monotype as a process occupies a strange territory – they are ultimately one of one. Only one can be made.”

The Expert
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Hello Fren

New and old collide in Christian Rex van Minnen’s absurdist, emotionally-charged portraits. Hello Fren belongs to Avatars, a series of 10 original monotypes created specially for our debut collaboration.Realised through a bespoke process dubbed ‘indirect painting in monotype’ by the artist, each work comprises a series of unique impressions from hand-painted plexiglass plates – evoking the layered technique of historic Venetian painting with an irreverent contemporary vocabulary.“Monotype as a process occupies a strange territory – they are ultimately one of one. Only one can be made.”

Hello Fren
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GM Bullish

New and old collide in Christian Rex van Minnen’s absurdist, emotionally-charged portraits. GM Bullish belongs to Avatars, a series of 10 original monotypes created specially for our debut collaboration.Realised through a bespoke process dubbed ‘indirect painting in monotype’ by the artist, each work comprises a series of unique impressions from hand-painted plexiglass plates – evoking the layered technique of historic Venetian painting with an irreverent contemporary vocabulary.“Monotype as a process occupies a strange territory – they are ultimately one of one. Only one can be made.”

GM Bullish
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Angry Feels

New and old collide in Christian Rex van Minnen’s absurdist, emotionally-charged portraits. Angry Feels belongs to Avatars, a series of 10 original monotypes created specially for our debut collaboration.Realised through a bespoke process dubbed ‘indirect painting in monotype’ by the artist, each work comprises a series of unique impressions from hand-painted plexiglass plates – evoking the layered technique of historic Venetian painting with an irreverent contemporary vocabulary.“Monotype as a process occupies a strange territory – they are ultimately one of one. Only one can be made.”

Angry Feels

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