An opportunity came up to exhibit at Adam’s Gallery in Reigate, Surrey, as part of their 2022 Summer Exhibition.
This gave me a ‘live’ brief for the visual development work and allowed me to show work to a real audience of other artists and potential customers.
Learnings and discoveries from the four experiments were pulled together into eight images for exhibition.
The format of the images was determined by the Adams Gallery submission requirements:
- Two works to hang – no size limits specified
- Two works for customer to browse i.e. not wall mounted – no size limit specified
- A number of cards – no size specified
The work needed to make an impression: Image-led, impactful, exhibiting a strong personal voice.
Images would be printed as limited editions and affordably priced.
Two works to hang
I wanted these to be a large as possible within the size limit of my silkscreen frames which was approximately A2 sized.
I liked the garish colour in my risograph experiment and designed the first prints using transparent layered CMYK process colours.
Fig 1 – A gift horse (Magenta) in different states of development
I was able to borrow a couple of much larger screens for the second and decided to work at approx. A1 with another design combining a randomised selection of diary content assets.
Two works to browse
I created two browsable silkscreen prints using the same approach.
The first was a reprint of the gift horse print using a CMYK colour combination.
I had intended to use a risograph print nas the second browseable image but after checking with gallery if they have a policy on displaying works that include profanity had to change my plan.
Instead I decided to show another A3 sized silkscreen print that was the output of Experiment 2.
Created as A6 postcards, 3-colour risograph of the front and single colour on the back.
The artwork of each was to use exactly the same colour combinations on each layer so that all four could be marked up and printed on an A3 sized sheet. This is 75% cheaper than printing individual A6 postcards.
Fig 5 – PLACEHOLDER – TO BE REPLACED BY RISOGRAPH
List of illustrations
Figure 1 – Hadfield, Hugh (2022) Gift horse (Magenta) in different states of development In possession of: The author
Figure 2 – Hadfield, Hugh (2022) Just Do It In possession of: The author
Figure 3 – Hadfield, Hugh (2022) A gift horse (Cyan)