In advance of our Monotypes show, which opens on July 17th, contemporary printmaker Philip Bennet dropped off several new prints to The Old Print Gallery. It is always a pleasure to interact with our contemporary printmakers. Every meeting creates an opportunity to talk with them about their approach to printmaking, new techniques they are exploring, and challenges (both good and bad) they are working through in their studio. Bennet’s new prints deviate from some of his earlier work, both in scale and color palette, so we asked him to share some of his creative process with our OPG blog readers and collectors. We hope you enjoy!
“For some time friends and other artists have asked: “Why don’t you work bigger? Because as a colorist, your prints would have greater impact.” So this spring I took the plunge and did a group of full sheet (22 x 30″) prints. For my plate I chose Mylar, a thin plastic. By using large brushes along with plenty of water, I could more easily enhance the flow of color. Also, I decided on a different watercolor palette consisting of mostly soft warm colors of violets, mauves, reds, oranges, and yellows. I used my usual technique of working intuitively and letting the colors bleed by lifting and rotating the Mylar to create unforeseen effects. I often add a little splatter. “Opposites Attract” and “Moving Violet” are two examples of this technique.” – Philip Bennet , 2015
Opposites Attract. Philip Bennet. Watercolor monotype, 2015. Diptych. Image size 17 x 25 1/4″. Edition 1/1. Signed and titled by artist in pencil. Printed on Japanese paper. LINK.
Moving Violet. Philip Bennet. Watercolor monotype, 2015. Image size 16 7/8 x 11 1/4″. Edition 1/1. Signed and titled by artist in pencil. LINK.
Crazy Rhythm II. Philip Bennet. Watercolor monotype, 2015. Image size 9 3/4 x 13 3/8″. Edition 1/1. Signed and titled by artist in pencil. LINK.
Crazy Rhythm III. Philip Bennet. Watercolor monotype, 2015. Image size 9 3/4 x 13 3/4″. Edition 1/1. Signed and titled by artist in pencil. LINK.
The prints have been added to our inventory, and can now be seen in our DC gallery and online. Thanks to Philip for offering us a glimpse into your creative decision-making.