Printmaking 2: Assignment 2 ~ Project 2 A Random Print pt.1

Artist Research:

Before beginning any practical work on this project I spent a bit of time finding some artists and work which were of an abstract nature, that I appreciated.

Cy Twombly:

Is a modern day abstract painter, whose work caught my eye as an example of something that could be explored using the medium of printmaking.

Quattro Stagioni: Inverno, 1993-5, Cy Twombly

I really like how Twombly has mixed paints in a free hand way in ‘Quattro Stagioni: Inverno’. I could see how this kind of effect might be achieve by using palette knives to mix and move paint across the glass surface of an inking plate. I’m not sure if the subsequent print would be as striking as Twombly’s painting, but I’d like to try it.

Untitled, 1954, Cy Twombly 

In ‘Untitled’ there appears to be multi-coloured scribbles or scrawls of paint across the canvas. I like the fluidity of this, and it reminded me of back drawn mono-prints. I wonder if something similar could be created using back drawing and different coloured ink layers.

Leda and the Swan, Rome 1962, Cy Twombly 

‘Leda and the Swan’ seems to combine Twombly’s scribbled or swiftly drawn marks with the mixed paint marks. I just like the frenetic energy of this painting, simple as that really!

I also found, John Squire’s Tate Shots: Cy Twombly, helpful in allowing me to have a glimpse at the real scale of some of his work. Looking online has it’s benefit’s but seeing actually footage of the works helps me to appreciate the paintings as they actually are.

Franz Kline:

I really only briefly looked at Kline’s work within the MoMA collection online. What appealed to me was the graphic even visceral nature of the mostly black marks across the paper or canvases of his work.

Painting Number 2, 1954, Franz Kline’. 

James Brooks: 

‘The Springs from Ten Lithographs by Ten Artists, 1971, James Brooks. 

I’ve included the lithographic print by Brooks in this list of research, as an example of an abstract print. Whilst I don’t know how to create lithographic prints I found it interesting to find a print in the medium which was abstract in its nature.


I printed these examples of work off and pinned them to a board I have in my dinning/work space to help me as I began my own abstract prints. I won’t go into the practical process/outcomes in this post. I will write in detail about that in part 2.


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