Back in December I wrote on here about my new silkscreen “I worship at the church of Brian Wilson”. It was going to be printed in January…. well life got in the way and it was eventually May that I finished my Brian Wilson Silkscreen Print.
The print is to celebrate the genius of the Beach Boys songwriter Brian Wilson who by the age of 24 despite being partially deaf had written 12 albums including many classics including Pet Sounds (for many people the best album ever recorded) and Brian’s ‘Symphony to God’, the Smile Sessions (Original Title ‘Dumb Angel’). I suppose this is a sort of thank you for the joy he has brought into my life with his music.
If you follow the link above you’ll see that the visual I had done was to a finished state. Some artists experiment with their ideas in the print studio but as I have to pay for studio time, I like to go there with finished ideas. The act of the print studio is as I say just to ‘get the idea out of my head’!
As is the nature with most computer visuals it was clean, slick and looked exactly like a computer had made it. If I wanted that finish I’d just get a high quality digital print, they’re now easily available and affordable. That’s not the point of silkscreen for me. For me silkscreen is a journey and I want the process (and silkscreen is a long process) to interact with the idea to create something new, to take it somewhere else.
I wanted to refer to old religious paintings with their use of gold and present Brian as an icon/angel. I wanted the image to look weathered, not a typical trait of a silkscreen print. To help with this I chose a very rough handmade paper to print on. This is not designed for silkscreen at all, but the surface was so rough I knew it wouldn’t take all the image leaving blank areas to simulate distress/ageing. The paper was also far from rectangular so hand registration was going to have to be used, again adding to the fun!
Well it was quite a journey as no one had seen anyone use this type of paper to print on before. Ink thickness became a real issue among other things. It was a trial and error journey. At the end I got by the papers nature an edition of ten variations and one AP (Artists Proof).
The images below show the variations with the edition number at the end. They’re for sale at £350 unframed and £650 framed + P&P.
The bespoke framed print comes in a white frame with gold back and side mounts to archival standard. It’s glazed with gallery standard glass, to give a truer representation of colour. It’s NOT just chucked into a Ikea frame…
Please get in touch if you’re interested in purchasing a print.
Please see the image of the framed print below.
The framed Brian Wilson print ready for the exhibition
If you’d like to see it in person and you live near Guildford in Surrey, England, it’s going to be part of the Ochre Print Studio Summer Exhibition open to the public on the weekends of 16/17th & 23/24th June at:
Ochre Print Studio
Lockwood Day Centre
Slyfield Industrial Estate
Surrey, GU1 1RR