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Curated Collection: Print Media

A printed and drawn image of brids landing on a wood plankReclaimed Tree with Nuthatches, intaglio printed woodgrain with ink drawing, Nicole Richards

This month for our Curated Collection, I’ve put together a set of artworks that are example of printmaking. Printmaking is such an immensely varied medium, allowing you to get a myriad of different results and types of imagery, depending on what technique you use. Some of the most well-known and commonly practiced types of printmaking are intaglio, in which an etching is made, ink applied, and then the inked etching applied to paper. This is similar to woodcut, except that in woodcut, it is the raised areas of the surface that hold the ink – meaning the artist must work with negative space in mind, cutting out highlights rather than creating line-art.


An intaglio print of an army of anthropomorphic bunniesTransmigration, intaglio, Ralph Slatton


A series of coloured screenprints of Marylin Monroe's faceMarylin Monroe, screenprint, Andy Warhol

Another popular form of printmaking is silkscreen, in which an image is transferred onto fabric. If you’re wearing a graphic t-shirt right now, there’s a good chance that you’re wearing a piece of printmaking! Prints can also be combined with other artistic mediums, to great effect – such as the Nicole Richards piece in this collection, which is an intaglio print that is then drawn on. Here on the blog we have a lot of great examples of diverse use of print media. In this collection you’ll see work from Nicole Richards, Caro Wilson, Matthew Rangel, Andy Warhol, Barbara Kruger and Ralph Slatton.


A printed image of two people standing in front of a hot-air balloon, overlaid with cursive textThe Echo, print media on found print media, Caro Wilson


A graphic image of a woman holding up a magnifying glass with text overlayUntitled (It's a Small World but not if you Have to Clean it), photographic silkscreen on vinyl, Barbara Kruger


a printed image of a mountain range with cartographic overlay

Stronghold: Due East from Moro Rock, lithograph, Matthew Rangel

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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