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Ryan McGinness and Pace Prints

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When I was in college Ryan McGinness was one of my favorite artists. What I loved about his work was the cleanly chaos, if that makes sense... 

Untitled (Woven Mindscape II) 2014 Woven silk 57 x 43 1/4 Edition of 10

Untitled (Woven Mindscape II) 2014
Woven silk
57 x 43 1/4
Edition of 10

Now does that  "Cleanly Chaos" comment make sense? 
 

Ryan McGinness is known for using screen printing as his medium, but has a history as a graphic designer. Though his process can be rather random seeming, his iconography is incredibly thought out and cleanly designed. What McGinness does in his paintings is print layer after layer after layer of his imagery on top of themselves, creating complex and dynamic compositions of color and shape. 

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Untitled (BH48in.2) 2007 Silkscreen on wood panel 48 inches in diameter Edition of 7

Untitled (BH48in.2) 2007
Silkscreen on wood panel
48 inches in diameter
Edition of 7

Untitled (BH48in.2) 2007 Silkscreen on wood panel 48 inches in diameter Edition of 7

Untitled (BH48in.2) 2007
Silkscreen on wood panel
48 inches in diameter
Edition of 7

Geometric Primitives (Africa Foundation Print)  2012 Silkscreen in four colors 30 x 22 inches Edition of 50

Geometric Primitives (Africa Foundation Print)  2012
Silkscreen in four colors
30 x 22 inches
Edition of 50

The video below shows a lot of McGinness's process. It wasn't made by Pace Prints, thought the prints above were. What I like about these prints is the relaxed approach to layering images with depth and freedom. 

These prints inspired me in a big way to make some pieces very similar to his in one of my last years of college. Scroll down to see the piece of mine inspired by Ryan McGinness's process. 

I honestly don't even remember the name of this piece but it was about 48" x 48" and sold for $800 back in 2007. It was created by making a watercolor background and adding layers and layers of silkscreen print on top of it. This was a really fun piece to make.