Silkscreen

Silkscreen

Silkscreen printing, also known as silk-screening or serigraphy, is a printing technique that uses a tightly stretched mesh or screen.

Silkscreen printing, also known as silk-screening or serigraphy, is a stencil-based printmaking technique. It begins by tightly stretching a woven fabric, nowadays usually synthetic, over a wooden frame to form a screen. Any portions of the screen not intended for the image are blocked using various stencil techniques. To create the print, a squeegee is employed to push ink through the open areas of the screen directly onto paper. Screen Prints are known for their striking, well-defined regions of flat, unvaried colour.

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What is silkscreen printing?

An expert printmaker takes a break from crafting world class editions at Make-Ready to guide us through the fundamentals, foibles and speculative future of screen printing and serigraphy.

What is silkscreen printing?
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Ai Weiwei: Decoded

A guide to the symbols at play in a divine self portrait by Ai Weiwei.

Ai Weiwei: Decoded
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Norman Rosenthal on Anish Kapoor: Out of the Dark

Norman Rosenthal, guiding force behind the artist's first silkscreen print, reflects on his relationship with artworks by Anish Kapoor – shiny, dirty and sublime – since they first crossed paths in 1978.

Norman Rosenthal on Anish Kapoor: Out of the Dark
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Inside 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.

Inside Gemma Rolls-Bentley's Collection
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What is an edition?

At Avant Arte, limited edition artworks are our bread and butter. As with many good things, they come wrapped in jargon. Read on for a quick fix summary of everything you need to know to start collecting.

What is an edition?
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Artificial Inspiration

What does recent progress in artificial intelligence mean for art and artists?

Artificial Inspiration
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Ai Weiwei: Printing Power

Go behind the scenes at Make-Ready in London as Ai Weiwei reflects on the profundities of printmaking, and its lineage within his practice.

Ai Weiwei: Printing Power
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Tschabalala Self in London

We all do it, but what does it mean to sit?

Tschabalala Self in London
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Kudzi at Queercircle

Visit Queercircle in London to see Kudzanai-Violet Hwami’s first Avant Arte edition and peruse her literary picks.

Kudzi at Queercircle
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Seated

With her first ever public sculpture, Tschabalala Self brings ongoing explorations of body politics and domestic performance to London.

Seated
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International Women's Day

6 editions in 6 days, curated by Gemma Rolls-Bentley

International Women's Day
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Guardian

Self-satire meets storied symbolism in a sparkling silkscreen print by Ai Weiwei.In Chinese tradition, a Door God is placed at an entrance or threshold to protect those inside from harm. By casting himself as this totemic figure, Weiwei acknowledges his standing in global consciousness, draws parallels with his life as an artist, and attempts to resolve the two.Familiar motifs nod to the negative influences that Weiwei, in divine form, might ward off – from censorship and propaganda to corruption and surveillance. Red, meanwhile, promises good fortune for the year ahead.To create the edition, printers at Make-Ready developed a new technique designed to echo a ceramic tile or cast concrete in silkscreen form. Bespoke gold ink ‘overloaded’ with metallic pigment and glitter is applied to the paper as a solid layer, then veiled by a layer of vibrant red to reveal an intricate illustration in negative space.

Guardian
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Park Ave

An enchanting vision of Manhattan at dusk from the world of Laura El.Illustrations by Laura El draw inspiration from the familiar streets of New York City. If they feel lifted from a storybook, they might be. El is also an author.Park Ave bathes a brownstone streetscape in the warm glow of sunset. Leaves tumble gently as a figure strolls past with their dog. Drawn in 20,000 strokes across 200 layers, El’s digital illustration has been transformed carefully into a limited edition print with phosphorescent details and glossy varnish highlights.“It’s an outwardly peaceful morning walk, but there's an undeniable New York City rush hidden within it. The windows, reflecting light during the day and glowing in the darkness, add a dynamic quality that I've never found in any of my physical artworks before.”

Park Ave
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Sierra

Sierra carves a lone mountain from chance and serendipity.From thousands of generative outputs, Matt DesLauriers was struck by an artwork that broke the confines of his algorithm. Like a mountain reaching out from the landscape below, his code had arranged colours to cast an ‘alpenglow’. This optical phenomenon occurs when the sun dips below the horizon, bathing mountain peaks in a fiery glow.The dialogue of colour theory was pivotal in transforming the digital artwork into a print. The palette of DesLauriers’ algorithm, while striking in digital form, presented challenges for silkscreen printing. This led to a careful unravelling of the original RGB palette into CMYK components. 15 layers of ink flood a creamy off-white background, creating a textured depth reminiscent of a woodcut print. Finally, a layer of fluorescent ink is applied to the red and yellow areas, capturing the warm iridescent sheen of alpenglow.

Sierra
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Inner Love

Internal and external reflections coalesce in a print by Tomás Sánchez.Cuban artist Tomás Sánchez paints surreal visions of utopia in mind-bending detail. The artworks embody his commitment to preserving what remains of the wilderness, and a personal relationship with meditation spanning five decades.Inner Love places its cross-legged subject on a mirage-like island, mirrored perfectly in the water that surrounds it. As with many of the artist's landscapes, the scene is inspired by verdant forests and tranquil rivers close to his studio in Costa Rica. For Sánchez, the artwork provides space for a moment of self-reflection."I believe that Inner Love is a painting that can transmit to others the same peace that it transmits to me and, today, it is invaluable to receive a bit of peace."The edition transforms a larger painting into a fine-tuned UV pigment print complete with a silkscreen varnish seal. Printmakers paid particular attention to fidelity and colouration, both of which are integral to Sánchez’ work, throughout the process.

Inner Love
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Study_for_Null_Portrait of someone#166

Yutaka Hashimoto grapples with the elusive notion of nothingness.Devoid of distinguishing features, Study_for_Null_Portrait of someone #166 has no particular subject. It is an impression of someone, somewhere else. In its ambiguity, the artwork allows us to forget inescapable biases like nationality, gender and age.Hashimoto questions his own biases and tackles them head on with repetition and selective abstraction. Repeated white lines represent the subtle human rhythms of being alive, such as breath and heartbeat. These stylistic highlights are accentuated in the print with high gloss varnish.“I do not have the power to solve the diverse challenges we face every day. However, I aspire to create expressions that may serve as small triggers for you and me to engage in introspection.”

Study_for_Null_Portrait of someone#166
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Digital Chemicals

Glitch art pioneer Dawnia Darkstone casts an illusion of mixed media in her debut print edition.The blooms of colour within Digital Chemicals are achieved by a ‘chemical bending’ process. This method entails applying potent chemicals onto layered magazines, leaving the inks to amalgamate into chemical striations. The motifs form a base of an AI model, which Darkstone has trained to build upon the intricate patterns. The print edition showcases the technical prowess of her process, with Digital Chemicals highlighting a synthetic green and yellow output. These colours are translated into a silkscreened glow-in-the-dark ink layer against a polychromatic palette.Each print is paired with an animated NFT of the same artwork. Claiming instructions will be shared with collectors after launch.

Digital Chemicals
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LUV Somewhere New

Soft pink silkscreen prints signal new possibilities in the world of LUV.Earlier this year at her Living with LUV show in London, LY debuted a single artwork unlike anything she had painted before. In a room full of greyscale, warm pink hues brought new life to her amorphous wandering muse.The change was inspired in part by the artist’s daughter, and the colourful perspective she has introduced to family life in Tokyo. “Since becoming a mother, everyday is a surprise and a new discovery.”Printmakers identified and replicated each carefully-chosen shade to create a 21 colour silkscreen, printed in 42 layers at Make-Ready in London.

LUV Somewhere New
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Out of the Dark

Anish Kapoor opens an ultramarine fissure with his first silkscreen print.While painting has become a central focus for Kapoor over the last decade, drawing has been an integral part of his practice from the very beginning – offering a tactile counterpart to his more seamless sculptures.Out of the Dark immerses the viewer in a mountain-like form that opens into a deep blue cavernous void. The print is based on a gouache work from 2016, taken from a group of drawings which evoke ‘sites of origin’ as mounds, mountains and voids in deeply saturated colours.The artist has described blue as “a colour that reveals darkness in a deep and mysterious way.” It was used by Kapoor in his earliest explorations of the void as a sculptural form. Like the dichotomy between his sculptures and paintings, it exists in balance with its perceived opposite. While red calls to mind blood and bodies, blue is transcendent and empty. Earthly, yet cosmic. Working closely with Kapoor, printmakers at Make-Ready in London paid close attention to chromatic accuracy. Spot colours including pure ultramarine were added to a CMYK separation to maximise depth and intensity in a 24 layer silkscreen print.“I am thrilled to share my first silkscreen print and to collaborate with Avant Arte on this new edition, and look forward to participating in a project that takes artwork to a wider audience.”

Out of the Dark
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Rainbow Bridge

Christian Rex van Minnen probes the thresholds of reality with his second time-limited print.Rainbow Bridge is based on the artist’s new series of trompe l’œil portal paintings, first exhibited in his solo exhibition La Luz Atrapada at Veta Galeria in November 2023. The catalyst? A question posed by his son – “Dad, why don’t you paint something beautiful today?” While the series marks a new direction for van Minnen's practice, the amalgamation of influences contained in his hyperreal marble niches and bubbling still life bouquets are consistent. Before painting the series he studied the compositions of Dutch Master Ambrosius Bosschaert, breaking them down to create his own formula.The title refers to a theory describing the connection between our inner selves and different levels of consciousness. Van Minnen's interpretation consists of 3 essential elements: an open-stone niche, the sky and a still life arrangement – symbolising the self, the heavens and phenomena of the eye.The edition will be printed at Make-Ready in London after the 24 hour launch window ends and edition size is confirmed. Each will be finished with a matte silkscreen seal, while spot highlights in gloss varnish bring the gummies to life.

Rainbow Bridge
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In Search For Light

Dennis Osadebe probes the boundary between wisdom and mystery.In Search For Light places the artist's explorations of Nigerian culture in a contemporary context. Despite the mystery instilled by its subject's mask (inspired by traditional mask design in Nigeria), the image projects positivity with bright colours and a familiar library setting. Rows of books, suggesting knowledge, frame the masked sitter – relaxed and poised, with hands entwined and resting on an upholstered green chair. Osadebe’s graphic figures and settings emerge from his artistic process, in which he composes works digitally before transferring them to canvas with highly-pigmented acrylics.

In Search For Light
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Chromie Squiggle #8107

Snowfro's debut Art Blocks series is venerated in print.Chromie Squiggle #8107 celebrates the ‘Ribbed’ trait of Snowfro’s Chromie Squiggle series. A personal favourite of the artist, the trait symbolises layers of the human mindset. The black ribbed layer shrouds the rainbow layer, inferring how a layer of guardedness can often prevent our inherent joy from fully radiating.The print process of the edition replicates how each Chromie Squiggle is digitally arranged. Each of the 10,000 digital squiggles were created with a standard full spectrum rainbow layer, adorned with a trait on top. Here, the rainbow layer is masked by black ribs which are applied with a silkscreen layer.With the artist taking no profit from the project, Snowfro hopes the print edition will allow the broadest possible audience to enjoy Chromie Squiggles with a high quality physical representation.The exact edition size will be determined by the number of prints ordered in the 7 day release window. When this window ends, artworks will be printed and shipped worldwide free of charge.

Chromie Squiggle #8107
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Untitled

Neon-hued esoterica from the mind of Barry McGee.Our first collaboration with Barry McGee is a greatest hits style montage of his life in San Francisco. From disgruntled looking Everyman heads – an allegory for the city’s ‘invisible’ homeless population – to acronyms for the graffiti crews he tags with, the untitled print rewards those familiar with the artist’s expansive and experimental practice. Improvised abstract geometries fill the gaps, providing “areas to rest the eye” and loading the print with McGee's distinct aesthetic code.Used iteratively across his paintings and installations, once-specific symbols take on looser meanings. Letters become “mantras of some sort” and floating heads “placeholders or punctuation.” Finished with fluorescent pink silkscreen details and a layer of matte varnish, the edition will be printed post-launch at Make-Ready in London.

Untitled
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Perfect All Alone Ironic

Tomokazu Matsuyama reflects on the paradoxical pleasures of solitude.In Perfect All Alone Ironic, wisteria, lilies and irises surround a contemplative lone figure. To create the edition, Matsuyama worked closely with printmakers to introduce new layers of detail to an already-intricate painting. Floral motifs traced in silver echo the lavish textiles that enshroud his lakeside subject, while snow-like spots add depth and – in contrast with verdant foliage – a sense of seasonal surrealism.Characteristic of the artist’s original paintings, an irregular outer edge adds a final stroke of arbitrariness. Prints arrive float-mounted in bespoke white frames, contoured to match.

Perfect All Alone Ironic
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In The City

Yoon Hyup expresses what exists beyond the city through his unique perspective.A new composition created specially for our second collaboration, In The City shows New York alive at night through an abstracted lens. Amongst the scenery, rhythms dwell, energy flows and countless stories of people's lives are imprinted. Whilst the vibrant palette is spontaneously selected, the flow of the work is fine tuned by Yoon Hyup who transports his mind to the multiple emotions that he had in the city. Smooth strokes become rhythmical with colorful dots, connecting the flow of his mind with the DNA of his painting. The texture of the original paint markings are meticulously translated into the print."As I see it – the city is like a large organism which is filled with various energies.”

In The City
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Diamond Vibration (Caught by the fuzz)

Indigo and aluminium converge in a diamond print by Jonny Niesche. Diamond Vibration (Caught by the fuzz) continues the artist’s explorations of colour, evoking emotion through seamless gradients and seductive simplicity. Ombre hues build on colour spectrums observed in nature – in particular the surroundings of his Australian coastal home – as well as childhood memories following his mum around cosmetic stalls. The pale outer edges gradually seep into a buffed aluminium border, which plays on reflective metal qualities seen throughout the artist’s practice.

Diamond Vibration (Caught by the fuzz)
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TORO!

Draped in crimson, Bony Ramirez entwines girl and beast.TORO! explores the impact of colonisation in Ramirez’s homeland, the Dominican Republic, in an edition of hand-finished prints. In place of a toreador, a child lounges with the bull, existing in harmony – unsettling the narrative of the native savage and the civilised coloniser. The two are framed against a pointelle backdrop in the style of wallpaper Ramirez pastes into his original works, in traditionally European patterns. Both bodies, animal and human, are warped into anatomical impossibilities. Ramirez takes stylistic inspiration from artists such as Francis Bacon and Picasso, while the positioning of figures calls to mind Manet’s famous Olympia (1863). Each silkscreen print has been uniquely hand-finished by the artist with different faces, hair styles and accessories.

TORO!
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Le Mat

Glistening with rhinestones, glitter and gold, Devan Shimoyama celebrates identity and sexuality in an extension of his Tarot series. Le Mat, translating to The Fool, questions the ways in which gender can be ascertained through the lens of clothes, pattern, colour and demeanour. Though Le Mat is a self-portrait, his figures – or ‘deities’ – are often intentionally androgynous. Holding on tight to the heel of Le Mat is a cat-denom, a recognisable character from the manga series Inuyasha. As well as manga, Shimoyama’s Tarot series draws from two other central sources of inspiration – his Baptist Christian upbringing and the popular Rider-Waite Smith tarot deck, creating a visual language with which to explore identity, race and sexuality. The use of silkscreen glitter inks, gold foil embossing and rhinestones creates a “dazzling illusion” in the same way that drag might on a performer’s body.

Le Mat
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Shanghai Federation of Industry & Commerce Building

Cui Jie constructs a futuristic vision of China’s rapid urbanisation.The sun hangs low over Shanghai Federation of Industry & Commerce Building, drawing upon the artist’s experience of growing up in the city. Multiple perspectives collide on one plane, showing glitches of what lies beyond the building’s present facade. The silkscreen print synthesises an array of aesthetics – from Bauhaus and Soviet propaganda, to urban futurism. Using coloured pencil Cui adds hand-drawn birds to each print, her soft hued birds adorn the surface against the shiny metallics of the architecture.

Shanghai Federation of Industry & Commerce Building
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Island Creators

Ecological empowerment surges through Camilla Engström’s idyllic islandscape.In Island Creators, warm sunlight catches upon gently puffing volcanoes, soft-edged terrain and shimmering pools of water. Painted in earthy pink tones, a figurative portrait peacefully resides within a volcano, her downcast eyes survey the biomorphic landscape unfolding in front of her. Embossment texturally lifts the smoke trails and rolling hills, whilst gloss is applied to areas of water, enhancing the reflective light cast by the setting sun.“Colours are everything. They’re healing to me.”

Island Creators
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And The Absurd Was Born

Luis Ponce probes how distorted views and misguided perceptions re-shape our reality.And the Absurd was Born utilises intoxicating patterns to trick the eye. The experimental print leans upon tactile techniques that compliment the multi-layered cataclysm of visual motifs. Fluorescent inks channel the raw saturated colour of Ponce's work, becoming electric under UV light. Appearing to escape the surface of the print in trompe-l’oeil style, a pair of serpents wrap themselves around posthumanist characters. With his eclectic blend of imagery, Ponce suggests that in our relentless pursuit of success, we often devour ourselves."I seek to represent those distorted views and often misguided perceptions or beliefs for which we decide to sacrifice ourselves. What are we willing to let burn, and what will we strive to preserve?"Each print is paired with an animated NFT of the same artwork, enabled by augmented reality. Claiming instructions will be shared with collectors after launch.

And The Absurd Was Born
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Lemonhead

A child slides free from reality in Hiroya Kurata’s sun-kissed vignette.For his paintings, Hiroya Kurata draws inspiration from family life. Many are based on photographs he takes during adventures with his wife and three children. Tenderness is balanced with bizarre artistic interventions. In this case, the subject’s head becomes a large smiling lemon. Complete with deckled edges and a silkscreen varnish seal, aptly-titled Lemonhead translates a recent painting of the same name into an edition of 40 signed prints.

Lemonhead
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Afro Painter

Afro Painter is an abstract rebellion against conformity. Based on an original work from Jansen’s anonymous Faceless series (2012), the edition challenges idealised stereotypes in painting and traditional portraiture. The portrait, influenced by his younger self, encapsulates the painter's inner battle. The subject is broken down into abstract parts which call for rebuilding, reflective of the artist’s personal journey as an artist in solitude with PTSD. Strong parallels can be drawn between the edition and works by German interwar artists such as Otto Dix and George Grosz; creating works as radical in their sociopolitical commentary as they are in style.

Afro Painter
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Ready?

So Youn Lee’s candy-hued protagonist looks back with a question. Mango is found at the centre of many of So Youn Lee’s paintings. Wide-eyed, naked and often accompanied by their French bulldog Choco. In cosmic scenes of “gentle chaos”, the pair embark on various adventures – an allegory for Lee’s experiences as an immigrant in Los Angeles, and her reflections on the human condition. In Ready? Mango becomes ice cream-like, surrounded by fireworks and adorned with cherries. The oil painting, rendered in pastel hues, acid brights and mottled texture, has been carefully transformed into a UV flatbed print with deckled edges and a matte varnish seal.

Ready?
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MY DAVID X

NKSIN presents a brooding snapshot with a colourful twist.MY DAVID X takes inspiration from old and new artistic traditions. While the smoking subject is influenced by ‘90s American cartoons and graffiti culture, NKSIN draws on traditional sfumato painting techniques to seamlessly blend one shade into the next. Pioneered by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci and translating to mean evaporates, this use of hazy blending enables NKSIN to explore tonal variation – giving his work a distinct softness. Acid yellow headphones introduce a stark visual contrast. Together with a pale grey hoodie, both layered on top of the composition as hand-collaged elements, they ground their wearer within a specifically modern context.

MY DAVID X
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Super Glow

A polished yet surreal portrait combines sleek modernism with Paul Insect's street art influences.Supercharged with colour, Dada-esque Super Glow showcases the artist’s signature motifs. The subject’s features are revealed under a scintillating mask, reminiscent of a sharp-edged stencil. Behind lies a number of Insect’s identifying motifs – intricate pointillism, paint splashes and multi-textured collage. Set upon a vibrating neon backdrop, the portrait comes to life in through 32 silkscreen layers and hand-applied diamond dust.

Super Glow
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BLOOM

With a blossoming symbol of growth and renewal, Marcela Flórido explores the beauty of self discovery. Playful, sensitive, bold – Flórido’s first print edition, BLOOM, embodies her intentions as an artist. The edition is based on a large-scale painting from 2022, an experiment in symmetry. Flórido foregrounds her cartoonish pseudo-self, a recurring subject for her recent artworks. She draws from a wealth of art historical references, from Modernism to Baroque, Hilma Af Klimt to Tarsal do Amaral, culminating in a vibrant exploration of selfhood. Each print has been uniquely hand-finished by the artist with flowers in a variety of colours, patterns and mediums, inviting collectors to connect with their print on a deeper level.

BLOOM

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