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Trying to explain Wabi-Sabi and Silkscreen Prints!

Potential buyers viewing my latest print!

Potential buyers viewing my latest print!

Trying to explain Wabi-Sabi in relation to silkscreen printing!

Trying to explain Wabi-Sabi in relation to silkscreen printing!

Getting into the flow of my artists talk at Baker Tilly, Guildford, Surrey.

Getting into the flow of my artists talk at Baker Tilly, Guildford, Surrey.

Last night was the ‘Spring Into Summer Exhibition’ Private View and Talk at Baker Tilly in Guildford, Surrey.

I had the honour of giving the talk which covered my reintroduction to printmaking, my views on public access to art (which I spoke about in this blog), Wabi-Sabi and the thoughts and ideas behind the prints I was exhibiting.

The room was packed, some ‘Dutch Courage’ was needed but by the lovely feedback I’ve had since then, it all seemed to go very well.

So thanks to all that attended. Onto the next print.


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Silkscreen Print Design: Maybe you’ve been looking for this?


Over the last few months I’ve had time to prepare the artwork for my next few designs as I’ve not been able to print due to an ankle operation. The above is the second one I’ve finished with a series of ten prints being worked on as well.

Again this is a simple play on words but it stayed with me and so I thought it had merit and was worth printing. These are the sort of ideas that got lost in the twenty or so years between finishing my degree and starting to print again and is the main reason I sought out a print studio. I used to get frustrated that I didn’t make time to create something with whatever ideas I had. Now that isn’t the case and it’s great to get these ideas out of my head and onto paper.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking at the various prints on this blog and as always all constructive criticism and over-the-top praise is welcome. Until next time…

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From Francis Bacon and Talking Heads to a simple silkscreen print

Space: a silkscreen print by Neville Godwin

Space: a silkscreen print by Neville Godwin

Ochre print studio where I create my silkscreen prints at are joining 39 print studios from all over the UK in the 2013 20:20 Print Exchange. I’m one of ten artists who’ve been asked to submit a piece for the exchange.

The concept is quite simple, you produce an edition of 25 prints measuring 20 x 20cm and send them off. In exchange you will receive a unique portfolio of 20 original prints, randomly selected but including your own print. Also one print from each edition will go on tour to workshops and galleries around the British Isles. It’s a great way to get your work seen and to get 19 great prints back. They might not all be to your liking but that’s Art for you…

This one is organised by Hot Bed Press. For this exhibition and print exchange I still wanted to play with the format as subject matter as I had done in my previous print for a 20:20 print exchange but do a visually simple print concerning space. Space is also the title of the print, for those who like titles for things…

My original idea was based on two things:

  • First a memory of the Talking Heads video of ‘Road to Nowhere’, where the image of David Byrne with his head in a cube had always stuck with me. I haven’t seen the video for decades but can clearly see that image.
  • On a recent visit to Tate Britain I saw a Francis Bacon painting, one of many that uses the cube to place the subject in space.
A still from the Talking Heads video for a ‘Road to Nowhere”

A still from the Talking Heads video for a ‘Road to Nowhere”

Francis Bacon’s Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X

Francis Bacon’s Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X

Considering the criteria for the prints was all about space (20cm x 20cm), I wanted to work with that but rather than represent flat space which silkscreen is often accused of, I wanted to represent 3D space. Beyond that I wanted to work with bright clashing colours which can throw your space perception off and then as a little light-hearted fun, actually put the measurements on the print but only as a varnish so in some lights you see it and in some you don’t. I felt that putting any object in the space would dilute the idea so it’s quite simple and graphic, bold and irreverent. Most of all I hope people see it as fun.

Below are some images of the process of making the print. The top one is making the masks for this four colour print. The cube is printed twice, once with in white to knock out the green and then again with the fluorescent red.

Masks for the silkscreen print Space by Neville Godwin

Masks for the silkscreen print Space by Neville Godwin

First colour down for the silkscreen print Space by Neville Godwin

First colour down for the silkscreen print Space by Neville Godwin

Fluorescent Red went onto of a layer of white for the silkscreen print Space by Neville Godwin

Fluorescent Red went onto of a layer of white for the silkscreen print Space by Neville Godwin

In a few weeks time Red Hot Press will create a photo stream list of all the submitted prints. Once this has been uploaded, I’ll put the link at the end of this post. I’ve already finished the design on 5 other prints I want to do in the time I’ve not been able to print because of an ankle operation. As a result hopefully I can get a few done before the Christmas break and put them up here for all to see.


As usual, I welcome all constructive criticism and overwhelming praise!.

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There’s a lot of rubbish talked about Art!


‘There’s an awful lot of guff talked about art’

as the famous British artist Grayson Perry said recently.

Ever since I did my degree show, many years ago, I’ve been concerned about public access to art and all the rather ridiculous, highfalutin theories that the art media weave around artworks. I feel all this serves is to mislead people, creating barriers, making them feel they’re unable or unworthy of looking at, or comprehending art.

I personally feel that if someone appreciates a painting because they like the colour, that’s equally as important as someone who understands the story behind the piece, it’s political context, place in art history etc., etc.. Art is subjective and it doesn’t matter how much I tell you how good ‘Guernica’ by Picasso is, if you don’t like it, it’s sort of irrelevant. It has to work for you!

Anyway, I digress, the simple fact was my recent silkscreen print was made for a joint exhibition. As I heard various artists go to great length to describe the various layers of meaning in their works, I decided I wanted to make an image that was the antithesis of this. I wanted to create an image that was simple, graphic and a visual pun. It had to work visually so if the pun wasn’t read, the viewer could simply enjoy the colours or composition. I also wanted the pun to have a British seaside postcard feel, something a bit naughty. A nudge, nudge, wink, wink effect, if you remember your Monty Python.

‘I Love’ Silkscreen Print by Neville Godwin 2013

‘I Love’ Silkscreen Print by Neville Godwin 2013

I hope you feel it’s worked, even if it does use a ‘borrowed’ common graphic symbol.

I hope the print helped to redress the balance to all the bluster and provided a simple, graphic image to engage, titillate and amuse the general public as well as art lovers.

What are your thoughts on the language used surrounding art? Do you feel it’s exclusive? Do you think that the recent popularity of street art and Banksy in particular, is another reaction against this? Read the rest of this entry »

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BoxEd 2013 – Silkscreen, Etching, Linocut, Woodcut Print Exchange & Exhibition

20:20 – Silkscreen Print by Neville Godwin

20:20 – Silkscreen Print by Neville Godwin

I’m a member of the Ochre Print Studio and this year I’ve been invited to take part in their BoxEd 2013 Print Exchange.

The Ochre Print Studio first took part in BoxEd last year. It’s an annual event organised by Hot Bed Press in Leicestershire. This
growing event enables print studios to exchange boxed sets of 20 prints from all over England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

There is an open theme but all prints have to be 20cm by 20cm. That way they all fit nicely in the Box! To participate, each artist is asked to produce a new edition of 25 prints. In return, the artist will
receive a boxed set of 20 prints; 19 randomly selected from other participants and 1 of their own. Nice eh!

Ochre Print Studio were so inspired by the results in 2012 that they decided to run their own print exchange with their members and showcase the results at their Summer Exhibition during the Surrey Artists Open Studio in June 2013.

Apart from each artist getting a box, four BoxEd sets will be auctioned to raise money towards the studio’s ‘match funding’, essential for their main funding application in 2013 plus a new etching facility.

At the top is my finished print for BoxEd 2013. Back in March when I started work on the project I was struggling to find a subject so I thought I’d just use the format 20 x 20 and use it as 20:20 eyesight. The print shows me in my ‘Salad Days’ behind the eye testing equipment. It’s printed on holographic paper to give the simple image standout and add to the space age look of the eye equipment.

The images below shows the print in the early stages and all laid out to select the rejects and sign the edition.

For more information on the exhibition part of Surrey Artists Open Studios 2013 and your chance to bid in the auction for one of the BoxEd editions please click here.

20:20 – Silkscreen Print by Neville Godwin

Cybermen seem to have appeared on my print!

20:20 – Silkscreen Print by Neville Godwin

selecting the prints for the BoxEd 2013 edition

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