Year One - Print Making Fine

Contextual Research

Lowbrow Movement

“Artists drew inspiration from classic cartoons, punk music, pulp art, “B” horror movies, Japanese anime, tiki, and surf cultures, soft porn, graffiti, hot rod culture, and other “subcultural” offerings.”

Daily Art Magazine

This movement was started between the late 1960’s and 1970’s in Los Angeles, California. Artist’s of this movement includes; Robert Crumb, Victor Moscoso, Steve Clay Wilson and Robert Williams. The reason for setting up the movement was to confront conventions.

“Most artists, if not all, were self-taught and they had nothing to do with fine art. Even though they knew the “rules” of art, they unapologetically didn’t follow them. This led to the disapproval of the movement by mainstream critics, curators, and galleries. “

Daily Art Magazine

“In 1994, Robert Williams, along with Greg Escalante and Eric Swenson, published the first Juxtapoz magazine. The aim was to express and legitimize the Lowbrow art movement. The magazine had a huge impact on the representation and projection of lowbrow artists.”

Daily Art Magazine

I find this movement very interesting as I like the way the art shows controversial ideas in a playful way. Some of the themes have deeper meaning but are portrayed as amusing bringing light to difficult topics, which enjoy as I like to cover important issues in a more eye-catching forms.

Rob Corradetti (Killer Acid)

Killer Acid is a project created by artist Rob Corradetti, specializing in screen prints, T-shirts, and a myriad of mysterious, humorous, and highly detailed psychedelic ephemera. The style is a blend of head shop and punk rock, hearkening back to his tumultuous and technicolor coming of age.

Killer Acid Website

Rob Corradetti is a California-based artist who goes by the business alias of Killed Acid. He is inspired by art movements such as lowbrow, surrealism and psychedelic art. As well as being influenced by Picasso at a young age.

“The work I’m most proud of is more personal and deals with psychology or mental illness in some way. I’ll always throw in a quick pot doodle or two to amuse myself, but that’s low-hanging fruit. Really, my favourite pieces are the big ones that take a while to form, and come from a quieter place deeper down.”

Hop Culture Interview

I am inspired by Rob Corradetti’s artwork due to his ability to use his inspiration to create unique work. I particularly like his use of bright colour choices to produce bold outcomes. The illustrative qualities are very visually appealing to me and I think delving further into his inspiration movements could be beneficial for my upcoming printed project.

I’m particularly intrigued by how nature is reflected throughout his prints and as I want to focus upon nature as a theme for my module. This inspires me to reflect natural elements in a more abstract bright way.

Bryan Nash Gill (1961 – 2013)

“Bryan grew up in the woods, and the trees left their mark on him – a relief print on his soul that would later manifest itself in his art. “

Bryan’s Website

The Artist’s Process

“He seals the wood and covers it with ink. Then, he lays a thin sheet of Japanese rice paper on the cross-section, rubs it with his hand and peels the paper back to reveal a relief print of the tree’s growth rings.”

Magazine Article

Alois Auer (1813-1869)

Inventor of Nature Printing


Alois Auer was a printer, inventor, and botanical illustrator, most active during the 1840s and 1850s. He produced a number of works in German and other languages, including the first regarding the nature printing process.

Google Arts and Culture


“This term is a photomechanical process of printmaking, in which a photographic image is transferred to a metal plate that is then printed in intaglio.”

British Museum
Head of a St Bernard dog; an experiment in printing in colours by galvanography, 1853, Photogravure

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