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Serigraphy

Serigraphy ( also known as screen-printing or silk screen) is a versatile printing process, based on the stencil principle. The method first appeared in China during the Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD), and gained popularity in 18th century Europe, thanks to imports of silk from the East. A group of WPA artists, who later formed the National Serigraphic Society, coined the word “serigraphy” in the 1930s in effort to differentiate the artistic application from the commercial printing application. Serigraphy was later made famous in the 1960s by Andy Warhol, who used the medium to achieve a bold, commercial look in his pop-icon prints.

To make a serigraph, a fine woven fabric is tightly stretched and attached to a metal or sturdy wood frame. This forms the printing screen. A stencil is then created on the screen, by the application of a blockout. Artists have experimented with numerous blockout methods over time- including paper, hand-cut film, glue, photosensitive emulsion, and gelatin film. The blockout areas become the non-image areas. After the blockout is laid and dried, paper is placed below the screen and thick ink is squeezed into a line across the top of the screen. The ink is then dragged along the surface of the screen with a squeegee. This forces the ink to pass through the open area of the stencil onto the paper below. For multi-colored prints, a separate screen is required for each color.

Below are several serigraph prints we have in our OPG inventory, by early 20th century and contemporary artists. Hope you enjoy!

Trio. Dorie Marder. Serigraph, 1945. Image size 14 7/8 x 10 7/8" (377 x 276 mm). Edition 45. LINK.

Trio. By Dorie Marder. Serigraph, 1945. Image size 14 7/8 x 10 7/8″ (377 x 276 mm). Edition 45. LINK.

Urban Views.  (Large) #6B. Patrick J. Anderson. Serigraph, 2003. Image size 6 x 6" (151 x 151 mm). Edition 12. LINK.

Urban Views. (Large) #6B.  By Patrick J. Anderson. Serigraph, 2003. Image size 6 x 6″ (151 x 151 mm). Edition 12. LINK.

Coastal Whimsey. Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Image size 8 1/8 x 12 1/2" (210 x 320 mm). Edition 55. LINK.

Coastal Whimsey. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Image size 8 1/8 x 12 1/2″ (210 x 320 mm). Edition 55. LINK.

Prairie Sunset. Allan Simpson. Serigraph, 1987. Image size 16 5/16 x 20 1/4" (416 x 514 mm). Edition 30. LINK.

Prairie Sunset. By Allan Simpson. Serigraph, 1987. Image size 16 5/16 x 20 1/4″ (416 x 514 mm). Edition 30. LINK.

Dancing. Thomas Seawell. Serigraph and archival digital, 2010. Tondo - diameter 9 1/2 x 9 1/2" (240 mm). Edition 10. LINK.

Dancing.  By Thomas Seawell. Serigraph and archival digital, 2010. Tondo – diameter 9 1/2 x 9 1/2″ (240 mm). Edition 10. LINK.

Space Planes. Morris A. Blackburn. Serigraph, c. 1950.  8 5/8 x 12" (227 x 305 mm). LINK.

Space Planes.  By Morris A. Blackburn. Serigraph, c. 1950. 8 5/8 x 12″ (227 x 305 mm). LINK.

Pet. Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Image size 2 3/4 x 2" (72 x 40 mm).  Edition 51. LINK.

Pet. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Image size 2 3/4 x 2″ (72 x 40 mm). Edition 51. LINK.

Point Blank Distance. By Masaaki Noda. Serigraph, 1996. Image size 12 1/8 x 19 1/4" (308 x 488 mm). Edition 40. LINK.

Point Blank Distance. By Masaaki Noda. Serigraph, 1996. Image size 12 1/8 x 19 1/4″ (308 x 488 mm). Edition 40. LINK.

Hartling Bay. Richard T. Davis. Color serigraph, 1993. Image size 17 3/4 x 20 1/4" (445 x 509 mm). Edition 145. LINK.

Hartling Bay. By Richard T. Davis. Color serigraph, 1993. Image size 17 3/4 x 20 1/4″ (445 x 509 mm). Edition 145. LINK.

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19th Century Prints, 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, Aquatint, Collotype, Contemporary, Engraving, Etching, Linocut, Lithograph, Prints, Serigraph, Stipple, woodblock print

2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Nature Lover

You can find them hiking or bird-watching on weekends. They are avid gardeners. They are the nature lovers! These green-thumbed friends and relatives feel most relaxed when surrounded by the splendor of nature. So why not gift them a print of their favorite flower, mountain top, or butterfly? Below are our picks for the nature lover on your list. View more options on our website, under the category of Natural History. Enjoy and happy gifting!

Abies Hookeriana. (Mountain Hemlock). By William Richardson. Published by W. Blackwood, Edinburgh and London. Toned lithograph, original hand color, 1884. From the great multi-volume work on coniferous trees around the world, “The Pinetum Britannicum,” by Edward J. Ravenscroft. The focus was on foreign trees that were cultured in British gardens. $350.00

A Study in the Natural World. By Tenjin Ikeda. Linoleum cut, 2011. Inscribed “3/55.” $600.00

Cereus Bloom. By Marti Patchell. Copperplate etching and aquatint, 2009. Inscribed “17/30”. $250.00

Prairie Sunset. By Allan Simpson. Serigraph, 1987. Inscribed “6/30.” $600.00

Insectus Tab. 8. 1. Papilio Polydorus, var. – P. Antiphus. – 3. P. Melanides, – 4. P. Polyphontes. – P. Laocucus. – 6. P. Dissimilis, var. (Butterflies). By Dr. A. S. Mulder. Published by J. A. Susanna, Leiden. Lithograph with original hand color, 1839-44. From Coenraad Temminck’s “Verhandelingen Over de Naturlijke Geschiedenis de Nederlandsche Overzeesche Bezittingen.” Described as the “great survey and natural history of the Dutch East Indies.” $165.00.

Orchid Plant. By Idaherma Williams. Woodblock print, 2004. Inscribed “3/30.” $400.00

Etude de Seringat et Haricot d’Espagne. (Philadelphus – Mock Orange) Pl. 30. By Jean L. Prevost. Stipple engraving printed in color and finished by hand, 1805. From the “Collection Des Fleurs Et Des Fruits.” $2,350.00.

Fossils in Folds. By Heather McMordie. Lithograph, on Rives BFK paper, 2011. Edition 7/9. $150.00

The White Lily with Variegated Leaves. By Dr. Robert John Thornton. Aquatint, stipple and line engraving, 1800. From THE TEMPLE OF FLORA OR THE GARDEN OF NATURE. This fine publication had a total of thirty-one plates. They are among the most important (and most beautiful) botanical prints ever published. $7,250.00.

Blick auf den Pike’s Peak vom Garten der Gotter aus. Colorado. # 24. By Rudolf Cronau. Published by T. O. Weigel, Leipzig. Collotype; black and white,1886-7. One in a series of Rudolf Cronau’s American views from his ” Staaten und Territorien der Union.” Cronau was a German artist who traveled extensively in America. $295.00

Check back soon for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view past gift guides, see below:

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Contemporary, New Additions, Prints, Serigraph

New Additions: Allan Simpson

Today we welcome Allan Simpson, a contemporary printmaker from NY, to the Old Print Gallery. Our OPG inventory now includes three prints by this serigraph printer,  two very recent prints- Winter, G. W. Bridge and Railway Watch– and an earlier landscape,  Prairie Sunset.

Serigraph prints are produced through the use of stencil and silk screening. Each color has to be printed separately, making even the simplest compositions a laborious and time consuming process. For this reason, many serigraph prints forgo excessive color gradations and shading, employing only four to five colors in each print. Scenes are distilled down to compositions of basic interlocking shapes and color. The result is a very bold and geometrically intriguing print.

Railway Watch. Allan Simpson. Serigraph, 2012. Inscribed “4/50.”

Prairie Sunset. Allan Simpson. Serigraph, 1987. Inscribed “20/30.”

Winter, G. W. Bridge. Allan Simpson. Serigraph, 2012. Inscribed “2/47.”

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