What is a silkscreen print?

A silkscreen is produced by printing a design through a mesh screen. A stencil impermeable to ink is applied to the screen so that when the ink is wiped across it only the areas not covered by the stencil are printed.

A form of stencil printing, silkscreens are printed one color at a time, multicolored prints requiring multiple screens. First developed in 1910, silk was originally used as the screen material, which was later replaced with synthetic materials such as polyester mesh. See examples of silkscreen prints in artworks such as Gavin Turk’s Gavara Reversed, 2004, Damien Hirst’s The Cure - Powder Pink/Lollypop Red/Golden Yellow, 2014, or Rachel Howard’s Porphura, 2011.

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