Hello and welcome to this site for printmaking and practice based research into:

The Drawn Portrait in Contemporary Printmaking: A journey between analogue and digital

 This research explores the value of using contemporary smart phone digital photography as a basis for portrait drawing, printmaking and how this process alters the meaning of the image.

People involved in the Arts 2017-18

People involved in the Arts is an series of drawn silkscreen prints of people I have met in who in one way or another are involved in art and I wanted to celebrate. Printmaker, Photographer, Furniture Maker, Arts centre Volunteer, Drawing Artist, Sculptor, Portraitist, Arts and Education Leaders and Student of the Pre Raphaelites. From Dundee Scotland; Lowick and Cheswick, Northumberland, Ironbridge, Shropshire, Birmingham, Santander.  The prints are drawn using graphite and lead pencils originally on textured transparent film and transferred to silk screen for printing on high quality A1   paper in editions of 5. They are made in my PhD research into Contemporary Portraiture.

Yuchen Yang, printmaker, watercolorist and poet. A2 Silksreen Duotone 2018

‘NAV’ Future Gazing. 20×26 Silkscreen duotone 2017

Amera Saleh, Voice of the Poets. 2 colour Silkscreen A1 2017

Sharing Print Insights – Professor and Artist Elaine Shemilt. A1 Silkscreen, 2017

Babs. Barbara Walker in the Round room. A1 Silkscreen 2018

Hermon Green Creative Carpenter. A1 Silkscreen 2018

HHJ Mary Stacey 2017

Cheswick Beach Explanations, Paul Kenny. A1 Silkscreen 2017

Paul with Milli. A1 Silkscreen 2017

Sir Nicholas Serota. A1 Silkscreen. 2018

Vanley Burke. Photographer and Artist
Vanley Burke. Photographer and Artist. Drawn Silk Screen  40″ x26″ 2017

Barbie Kdjar, Artist.  A1 Silkscreen canaletto. 2018.

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This is the Printmaking and Research Site for Jonnie Turpie’s journey in drawn and printed analogue and digital portraiture.


Since travelling south from Scotland to England to study Fine Art in Newcastle and Printmaking at the RCA many years ago Jonnie produced film, TV and Digital Media and established Maverick Television in Birmingham UK. Recently he began drawing again.

Using an Iphone and Ipad to make digital prints was the reintroduction to drawing, rapidly followed by modern  silk screen techniques  leading to large scale ‘litho-like’ portraits. These are created by drawing images from iphone ‘meetings’ onto textured mark resist film for exposing onto silk screens. Drawings are made with pencil, graphite, crayon, erasers, charcoal and scratches that allow different degrees of light to be exposed on to silk screen.

The quality of marks is created by the texture of the tooth and thereby the  size of marks that prevent the light coming through to the emulsion.  Once exposed and washed out the screens are ‘stopped out’ to allow the images to be isolated from their backgrounds and be printed on A1 or A0 papers. The images sometimes ‘float’ on the paper and at other times, the  light semi transparent paper holding portraits float.

This investigation into silkscreen printmaking and the fine art methodology of  serigraphy takes him into the materiality of mark making for print within the context of contemporary portraiture. This rebirth of his printmaking practice began during his year as  Artist in Residence at Birmingham City University’s School of Art. The print room at the school is his base for the PhD practice-led research.

The tabs in this site lead to the research into contemporary portraiture in digital and analogue he is pursuing and the art works he is creating.