An undated Mid-Century Modern abstract serigraph signed Baladine. This limited edition silkscreen print is in fine condition with bright solid colors and no foxing to the vintage paper its printed on. Signed and marked 92/200. This measures 16 x 20.
Baladine was a New Jersey artist who printed this under the supervision of the surrealist Leo Russell at his atelier. Russell was a NY/NJ artist and educator beginning his career teaching in the WPA program. Russell has work in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim.
Silkscreen printing is done by applying a stencil to a fine mesh screen, adding ink, then applying pressure to squeegee the ink through the mesh onto the paper. The stencil can be hand cut, photographic emulsion, or painted directly onto the screen. These prints have lush, thick, opaque ink—often in very bright colors. Each color is applied individually. Artists will often number these prints in editions. It takes years to perfect the technique.