TODAY the process is gaining new interest amongst artists. The introduction of water-based inks and specialized mediums have made the process very flexible. Digital printing can create the same effects, but it lacks the hands-on quality and newfound spontaneity that screen art painting can provide.
Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Richard Hamilton were some of the more famous names that made screen-print hugely popular in the fifties and sixties. Their works document a view of society during those years with the medium being perfect to study and make
comment on the cheapness of commercialism and consumerism.
The screen-print process involves pulling ink with a squeegee across a prepared mesh screen, where it penetrates onto the substrate below. New layers using other colors will be repeated until an end image is reached.
I limit my editions to ten (unlike computer-enhanced digital prints that can run into thousands, no matter what the artist claims). Mostly a beautiful thick satin white 300 gsm paper from the St.Cuthberts mill is used to present the work.