Hello and welcome to this site for printmaking and practice based research into:
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.
Babs. Barbara Walker in the Round room. A1 Silkscreen 2018
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.