What is a silkscreen?

Simply put, a silkscreen is printing technique where typically a series of stencils are placed on a wire mesh one-by-one with each stencil having a different colour ink applied. The ink is pressed through the mesh using a “squeegee”. The resulting ink/images that appear on the paper overlap/fit together to form the resulting image. Silkscreens can be made using, for example, 30 individually applied screens.

Here are a few examples:

Alex Katz | Grey Ribbon

Alex Katz | Grey Ribbon

Sarah Morris | William Morris (Los Angeles)

Sarah Morris | William Morris (Los Angeles)

Andy Warhol | Queens Beatrix

Andy Warhol | Queens Beatrix

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