skulls

Tools of the Trade: New Screens in the Studio

Tools of the Trade: New Screens in the Studio

My current project involves poster-sized screen prints of a hand drawn skull. Since these are going to be a standard size I ordered some pre-burned screens from the guys over at Anthem, and they look beautiful. Like most artists, I'm somewhat obsessed with materials and tools, and emulsion coated screens with images burned onto them are no exception. They give you just enough visual information to start imagining the final prints at scale, yet there are enough variables (the substrate, the colors, the inks) and decisions left to make that I immediately want to get to work to find out what the finished pieces will look like. 

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James Ensor @ The Getty Museum

James Ensor @ The Getty Museum

Last Sunday, during a trip to The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, I caught their special exhibit entitled The Scandalous Art of James Ensor. Ensor is known as "the painter of masks" and true to that designation, the exhibition focuses on a time in Ensor's career when he pivoted away from naturalistic painting and toward more creative and disturbing imagery. Ensor's "scandalous" work depicts society imagery - parties, religious processions, theater goers, and art studios - with a disturbing twist; the heads of the figures are replaced with skulls or faces are distorted into melting masks.

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