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Bruce Mclean is one of Rise Art’s most distinguished artists with awards including the John Moores Painting Prize as well as the Mercedes Benz Prize for painting. Alongside his prestigious painting portfolio, Mclean is also a talented printmaker, with his distinctive bold colours and expressive shapes shining through the medium in a way that is instantly recognisable. Similarly to Andy Warhol, Mclean holds onto imperfect painterly details, with drips and brushstrokes still evident in his screen prints. In On The Ball, the artist adopts a primary colours palette as goalkeepers on the football field emerge out of an abstract, geometric landscape. One leaps into a cubist black box, while the other stands still, arms outstretched, as if imitating Antony Gormley’s statue, the Angel of the North. The bright pink colours in Bruce Mclean’s Hot Spring Path are evocative of the commercial tones popular with Pop Art artists.
Similarly printmaker Anna Marrow also harks back to that pop-art palette. In Anna’s Shadows and Reflections we find a reinterpretation of David Hockney’s pop art swimming pools. Marrow’s study of the light in the water is hypnotic, creating a giraffe-like pattern in the blue water which is only interrupted by dream-like shadows of a human silhouette and a palm leaf. In baked pink, Marrow’s Head in the Clouds has that same vintage feel as divers leap off the diving board towards an invisible swimming pool.
The screen printed cityscapes by London-based artist Clare Halifax leave behind those sixties’ shades, opting instead for more muted tones. While Rooftops at Royal Albert Hall retains a vivid blue sky, the landscape leading up to the horizon is monochrome. I See You Empire State depicts a dense and detailed study of New York’s urban landscape, where the buildings are so tightly packed, there is barely any reprieve until the river meets the horizon.
Screen prints (also known as silkscreen prints) are created by forcing ink through a mesh screen onto a surface. Areas which the artist does not want to print onto can be blocked out using a stencil, as only ink that passes through the mesh forms the final image. Artists can repeat the process on the same surface to add different colours or to create a layered, painterly effect.
Screen printing is believed to have first appeared in China’s imperial Song Dynasty between 960 and 1279 AD. Whilst the technique spread across Asia, screen printing was slow to gain traction in the West, partly due to Europe and North America’s limited supply of silk, which was then necessary for screen printing’s mesh screen. When the fabric became more readily available in the 19th century, the technique was initially used to create fabrics and wallpapers.
Andy Warhol has been championed as the artist who turned screen printing into a popular artistic technique. Warhol was drawn to the technique because it enabled him to produce work in batches, escalating his idea of the “industrialisation of art”. He said: “In August of ‘62, I started doing silkscreens. The rubber-stamp method I’d been using to repeat images suddenly seemed too homemade. I wanted something stronger that gave more of an assembly-line effect.” A year later, he moved to a larger studio and he hired a 20-year-old college student from the Bronx, who had learned how to silk screen while working for a necktie manufacturer.
Some of Warhol’s most famous prints are his celebrity portraits, such as that of Marilyn Monroe. In the years following the actress’ death, Warhol made thirty screen prints featuring the same image of her face. In his screen printing process, Warhol would use layers of paint to create depth - applying the same technique to his images of Liz Hurley and Chairman Mao. The imperfections only added to Warhol’s desired painterly effect. The artist’s biographers Tony Scherman and David Dalton noted how Warhol "was not after a picture-perfect, sharp-edged result; he wanted the trashy immediacy of a tabloid news photo."
In the 1960s, Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein was also experimenting with screen prints. Compared to Warhol, Lichtenstein’s style was slicker, more meticulous and inspired by the sharp images, thick outlines and bold colours found in comic strips. His 1965 piece Brushstroke translated his trademark brash aesthetic into screen printing and like Warhol, he used the commercial screen-printing technique to toy with the distinction between art and advertising.
But screen prints did not die with the sixties. Another famous example is Peter Blake’s Love Me Do portrait of The Beatles in diamond dust from 2004. Shepard Fairey’s famous Barack Obama Hope poster was also created using screen printing techniques, with the distinctive design going viral on social media in the lead up to Obama’s 2008 presidential run.