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.