Bob Dylan: The Silkscreen Collection
After the sell-out success of Bob Dylan’s legendary The Beaten Path, we are thrilled to announce his return for 2017 with his stunning new silkscreen collection: six hand-signed, coloured silkscreen prints featuring some of his most iconic images.
The Beaten Path
"The Beaten Path works represent a different subject matter from the everyday imagery of consumer culture. My idea was to keep things simple, only deal with what is externally visible. These paintings are up to the moment realism: archaic, most static, but quivering in appearance. They contradict the modern world.
"I chose images because of the meanings they have for me and patterns can be seen in the repeating images – roads, shacks, piers, automobiles, streets, bayous, railroad tracks, bridges, motels, truck stops, power lines, farmyards, theatre marquees, churches – all establishing a certain type of compositional value.
"In every picture the viewer doesn’t have to wonder whether it’s an actual object or a delusional one. If the viewer visited where the picture actually existed, he or she would see the same thing. It is what unites us all."
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All about silkscreens
Silkscreening is a printing technique in which areas of a screen (comprised of woven mesh stretched on a frame) are selectively masked to create a stencil, which forms a negative of the image to be printed. Ink is then pushed through the mesh onto the printing surface, creating a positive image. After isolating the colour, the chromist hand-mixes the colour by sight to match the original, rigorously accounting for variables such as the change in ink colour when layered upon one another. One colour is printed at a time, so several screens are required to produce a multicoloured image or design. Each print of a silkscreen edition must be handled and printed once for each colour.
The history of screen printing dates back more than 1,000 years to China during the Song Dynasty. It was first introduced to a Western audience in the late 1700s, but it was not until the start of the twentieth century that printers and their methods advanced. By the early 1960s, the practice was known amongst a select few, but it was a young artist named Andy Warhol whose work truly turned silkscreening into a widely recognised art form. Today, the practice is revered as a highly specialist collaboration between artist and master printer.