What is a serigraph?

A Serigraph is a rendition of an original artwork created by the silk-screen printing process.

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“Serigraph” refers to a type of screen printing, which in turn influences the sort of art that can be produced. This particular form of screen printing is labour intensive and involves a colour professional who separates every colour. Basically, ink is forced through a series of fine meshed silk-screens, which are probably not silk these days, but a synthetic material. Some of this polyester mesh is coarse, other mesh is fine, depending on the level of detail required. Serigraphs allow artists fine control over colour in a way other forms of printing does not.

What does an serigraphic illustration tend to look like?

It took off as a printing form in the 1960s. Thank Andy Warhol. During the 60s, some big name artists such as Warhol realised serigraph printing could achieve textures that other printing processes did not allow.

Marilyn Diptych Andy Warhol 1962
Marilyn Diptych Andy Warhol 1962
Anagraphis 1994 Eric Cartier serigraph for a cartoon manual on screen printing
Anagraphis 1994 Eric Cartier serigraph for a cartoon manual on screen printing
Owl & Books. Original Serigraph by Norinaka Suzuki. Vintage Japanese Print 1900
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