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What is a silkscreen?

A silkscreen is a type of print which is made through the use of a mesh cloth stretched over a heavy wooden frame.  The cloth is highly permeable, but the artist applies paint, tusche, glue, or other material to block paint from passing through areas of the cloth.  The artist then uses a squeegee to press paint through the cloth (except, of course, where the resist was applied), creating an image on the paper.  Silkscreen artists usually repeat the process with additional screens, using other colors, to build an intricate and colorful image.

Clayton Pond was a mid-century New York artist who invented new ways of silkscreening which yielded uniquely vibrant and lustrous pictures.

Categories: Printmaking Terms, Types of Prints