"Urban" Monotype Series - Acrylic Paintings by Lisa Shea

Monotypes are unique one-and-done forms of art which are related to the more-familiar woodblock printing. With a woodblock, the artist carves an image once and then creates multiple prints from it. These are called monoprints. In comparison, for a monotype, the artist paints an image on a non-absorptive flat surface like glass or a Gelli Plate. Paper is laid down onto that paint, and a print is created. Because that print removes the paint from the surface, an exact duplicate of that image can never be made. Instead, a series can be created by then using the remaining paint to making another print, often called a “ghost print”.

With my “Urban” monotype series, I explore the nature of the original monoprint and the later ghost prints. I start with an abstract image which represents an urban scene. For my first print, I use a corrugated art paper. Not only does the art paper receive the print image, but its presence then alters that source image by pressing lines into it. The two subsequent ghost prints have those lines engraved in them. The diminishing paint creates a sense of decay and age.

These are created with acrylic paint on a Gelli plate surface. The first paper is a corrugated art paper, while the next two are traditional flat art paper.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this series. Let me know if you have any questions about it!

Size: 5″ x 7″ matted to 8″ x 10″ exterior

Price: $15 each

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