Screen Printing

When people think of screen printing, they inevitably think of Andy Warhol and his legendary series of Campbell soup cans or Marilyn Monroe portraits.

In fact, this technique, which was initially extensively used in commercial art in the USA, reached its peak in Pop Art.

After World War II, screen printing, also known as serigraphy, came to Europe and was also used by numerous artists as a means of expression.

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Serigraphy/Screen Printing

In screen printing, the artist uses a fine-meshed screen made of textile or plastic fabric that is stretched over a printing frame.

Where areas should remain free of colour, the screen is covered with stencils cut from paper, for example.
With the help of a squeegee (a kind of scraper, which in screen printing is made of rubber and has a sharp or rounded edge), the ink is applied to the paper through the open areas of the printing form (screen stencil) either manually or by a machine.

With Pop Art at the latest, screen printing became a popular technique for artists and is now widespread across all styles.