Producing Digital Prints

I have recently made a number of fine art digital prints, and so I thought I would provide further information about this strand of my work.

I made my first fine art prints almost forty years ago when I attended Camberwell Art School — these were lithographs. You can view an example here. Later, as my painting changed from figuration to painterly abstraction, I began making screen-prints. At the time, the intensity of the colours and the mark-making seemed to lend themselves more readily to the kind of art I was hoping to make.

Untitled Screenprint 1983

When I left Camberwell I concentrated my efforts on painting and drawing as well as making collages. However I often incorporated printing techniques into my work. This usually took the form of mono-printing, but I also experimented with transfer prints as I tried to introduce newspaper photos and typography into a painted image. Yet I was unable to successfully master this technique and it was not until many years later that I finally made progress. That was in 2013, when the nature of my work changed again, this time returning to figuration.

I began by making digital images, manipulating my own photographs with Photoshop and then transfer-printing these onto primed MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard), as well as paper, before applying paint. A good example of this can be found here. I should add that during the process of painting I always take photos of the work, and I often use these photos to develop more digital images.

Breakfast in Marrakech, 2017 print
Breakfast in Marrakech, 2017, 1/1, 50.8 cm x 76.2 cm, Giclée on Hahnemühle German Etching Paper

I have now decided to take a number of these images and rework them so as to produce editions of digital prints, either Giclée or C-Type photographic.

You can see my initial selection here and more will follow.