• additional view of artwork by Gregg Chadwick
  • additional view of artwork by Gregg Chadwick

Stilled Life (Akihabara)


United States

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Size: 30 H x 22 W x 0.2 in

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Art Description

Printmaking: Monotype on Paper.

As history rushes forward in the 21st century, communication via Skype, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr is almost instantaneous. Translations via Google allow us to speak across borders. And in an age of Wikileaks, international secrets are revealed to an audience of millions with the flick of a key. In our transient, changing, and ever connected world, a young woman's leap in Tokyo before a rushing red bicycle sends vibrations across the globe.

Notes on the Monotype Process

Spontaneity characterizes the monotype. A monotype is generally made by brushing printer's ink or oil paint onto a smooth surface such as glass or a metal plate. The image is then transferred to paper before it dries, using a printing press or other means of pressure. I usually use a copper plate on which I paint an idea in oil based etching inks. Next I lay the plate onto the bed of a printing press and put a sheet of blank paper on top of the ink laden plate. The plate and paper are then run through the printing press under great pressure.

Because most of the image is transferred in the printing process, only one strong impression can be taken, hence the term monotype (one print). Additional impressions of the residual image are often printed (ghosts). They are significantly fainter than the first pull, yet at times these lighter, open images are successful as works of art.

The personal nature of the monotype suited experimental artists from William Blake to Edgar Degas to Milton Avery to Mitchell Friedman. These artists used the monotype process to fashion works of great depth and mystery. Their artworks inspire my own.

Please Note: This artwork is printed on a 30"x22" sheet of paper and the plate size (image size) is 18"x12" so a nice clean border surrounds the image.

Further Note: There is a small dot of ink on the otherwise clean border of the artwork that happened during the printing process.

Keywords: Bicycle, Red, Tech, Japan, Tokyo, Young Woman, Gerhard Richter, Manga, Murakami, Akhihabara, Mystery

Subjects: Popular culture

Styles: Modern, Figurative, Impressionism, Fine Art

Mediums: Monotype

Materials: Paper

Prints: Popular culture Art Prints, Modern Art Prints, Figurative Art Prints, Impressionism Art Prints, Fine Art Art Prints, Monotype Art Prints, Paper Art Prints

Artist Recognition

Featured in Inside The Studio Featured in Saatchi Art's curated series, Inside The Studio
Artist featured in a collection Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection
Showed at the The Other Art Fair Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in Los Angeles, Chicago, Los Angeles

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