The beautiful portrait 'Lady with a Tampi' is our first edition with Ghanaian artist Kwesi Botchway. Not only is the collaboration a first but so is the record-breaking 57 layers of silkscreen. We asked master printer Thomas Murphy from print studio Make-Ready to explain how they created an edition with this many layers, read what he had to say below..
All 57 colour areas of this silkscreen print have been painstakingly colour separated digitally and then prepped for the printing process. Every corresponding colour is then mixed as an ink and then interpreted by eye by experienced print makers.
As this type of colour separation process is inherently iterative the process can take a tremendous amount of time to complete but untimely produces a highly desirable and luxurious finish, akin to an original painting. The work invites you closer and always raises the same wonderful question, 'how is that made?!'.
During this type of process the printed edition takes on a life of it's own often standing confidently beside the original painting. Rather than pursuing an obsession with realty or creating a copy we intended to create and capture a unique moment of collaboration between artist and printmaker.