Scream Prints

This week sees the opening of Scream Prints – a show celebrating the innovative new directions designers working with screen-printing are taking.

Mowax by Swifty
Mowax by Swifty

The exhibition is housed in the Formans Smokehouse Gallery in east London, and will show the work of four artists: Lynne Blackburn, Swifty, David Apps, and Ian Bailey.

Each practitioner revels in the unpredictability of their medium, one in which mistakes and mishaps are just as valuable as the deliberate marks in giving the final piece its personality.

Sound installation by Swifty
Sound installation by Swifty

Graphic designer Swifty is showing his typography-led work, as well as a sound-installation piece. And as the work below shows, he may be somewhat influenced by pop-artist and former adman, Andy Warhol:

Soup Can by Swifty
Soup Can by Swifty

Blackburn’s work combines traditional screen-printing with digital photography to create mandala images. According to the gallery, her work  ‘explores the memories and history embedded within familiar places and buildings, the human traces left behind in buildings, and everyday objects from the visual traces to subconscious and psychological ones’.

Comerainorshinedoyourthings by Lynne Blackburn
Comerainorshinedoyourthings by Lynne Blackburn

Taking rather less cerebral influences, Apps credits Jamie Reid  – the man behind the iconic Sex Pistols artwork – as a key inspiration on his work.

Hit me with a flower by Dave Apps
Hit me with a flower by Dave Apps

Bailey also cites Reid as an influence, alongside The Clash’s Joe Strummer, and dystopia-master author George Orwell. 

Shirt 1 by Ian Bailey
Shirt 1 by Ian Bailey

Scream Prints runs from 27 February – 13 April at Formans Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Road, Fish Island. London E3

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