AUD $150.00

"Forties Anemones", Handcoloured Silkscreen.

A one of a kind, hand coloured, handcut Silkscreen Print by Cam Knuckey, Melbourne Printmaker, Book and Garden Illustrator.

Cam studied Graphic Design at Swinburne before going on to Drawing and Printmaking at Prahran College (now VCA.)

Usually working accurately and slowly with fine ink and scraperboard techniques to produce “tightly, highly detailed” black and white Book and Newspaper Illustrations.

These flowing, colourful floral prints are a deliberate loosening up, a relaxing release from the rigidity of the fine line.
A thorough appreciation of Japanese “Sumi-e” Ink Painting and Wood Block Prints, combined with the history of Botanical Prints and Illustrations of all Cultures are evident in these works.

These very soft washed out colours remind us of 1940’s crepe dress fabrics.

To produce this image Cam draws numerous loose studies of plants and flowers,
before drawing a portrait of a particular vase full,
in this case of “de Caen” Anemones.
These may be bought at the market, or more usually grown in his home garden for their joyful, swaying Spring display.

Studies of this grouping are refined until the right image is found, this in turn is sinuously hand cut with a scalpel, as a stencil.
Applied to the supportive stretched “Silk Screen”, Black ink was then be squeegeed through, to transfer the outline onto top quality Water Colour Paper.

The finished prints are graded for quality, then Artist Quality Water Colours are applied in carefree washes, trying to capture spontaneous colour flows and mixes.
How these diluted colours are laid onto each other, determines how they settle and dry, with an element of mystery to the final outcome that adds to the thrill.
(as you can see in some of the details, the colour often flows over onto the black ink, or doesn’t quite reach it, this is part of the technique of applying the paint quickly in a free and unlaboured movement.
Retouching and slow accuracy is not what is aimed for.
This particular ink outline usually repels the watercolour, but not always.)

Having said that, this image is a one of a kind, allowing more freedom to experiment, rather than the restrictions required to maintain the uniformity of an edition.

This particular print is signed 1/1, which means no other of this colour combination exists.
The “H/C” means Hand Cut (Stencil) the “S/S” means Silk Screen (Print), as opposed to Lino Cut, which is a different process producing the same result).

Signed by the artist, lower right in graphite pencil.

This image is actually “square” although it seems incredibly difficult to get a square photograph of it, so don’t be put off, mounting and framing won’t present any problems.
But do use acid free Matt boards . . speak to your framer about it.

Remember all artworks on paper should be hung out of bright light, not only does it fade the colours but also can damage the paper itself, and dampness is to be avoided at all costs, too.

Age: Printed for Exhibition, “Silk Scarves” in 1996.

Size: Image H 30 cm x W 30 cm, with a white paper border surrounding.

Weight: grams.