Original T. Sayer Abstract Silkscreen Print from the Mid-Century. Sayer was a New Jersey artist who printed this under the supervision of the surrealist Leo Russell (1917-1985) at his atelier. Russell was a NY/NJ artist and educator beginning his career teaching in the WPA program. He 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. The tenth print out of a total of 125 similar prints would be marked “10/125” for example. It takes years to perfect the technique.
13×16.5 inches print in a 18 x 22 white wood frame with a gallery glass face and a double thick (8-ply) acid-free mat.