Earlier today, New York-based artist Sam Friedman launched a new monoprint series, titled Beach Monoprint No. 4, with Louis Buhl & Co. His extensive range of ‘beach paintings’ is inspired by a walk the artist took towards the sunset as a storm approached. Continuing to merge abstract and natural motifs, the latest series reflects the artist’s larger body of work.
Friedman breaks down and rebuilds landscapes through color, line and texture. The range of 76 cm x 56 cm prints from his Beach Monoprint No. 4 series are illuminated by the sun, yet covered with biomorphic shapes, highlighting the artist’s move between representation and abstraction. He imbues his work with warm oranges, yellows and reds — with accents of bright blue and green — to evoke nature’s beauty with serene and contemplative landscapes.
“For this monoprint series, we made sure to avoid any digitizing or using a computer altogether. Instead, I painted elements directly onto sheets of acetate, with black acrylic paint,” Friedman explains. “These acetates were used to burn the screens. From there, I worked one on one with the printers. We built each composition up layer by layer, with no preconceived plans for color or composition, decisions which varied from one piece to the next. It was the most painting like experience that I have ever had while printing.”
Although the series has sold out, take a look at the entire Beach Monoprint No. 4 series on Louis Buhl & Co.’s website.
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‘Beach Monoprints No.4' by #SamFriedman are sold out! Thank you to everyone who supported this project. ?✨⠀ ⠀ A pivotal moment in the artist’s work stems from his experience of walking towards the sunset during an oncoming storm. This personal encounter of induced visual clarity prompted the artist to create his ‘beach paintings’, which have become a hallmark of his work. This monoprint series aptly reflects Friedman’s larger body of work, and continues to demonstrate the ability to move between representation and abstraction. ⠀ ⠀ The series of hand-pulled screen printed monoprints on mohawk superfine ultrawhite 160lb paper are each numbered and signed by the artist. Each work is a unique monoprint and will reflect that it is 1/1. ? ⠀ ⠀ #SamFriedman #LouisBuhl #monoprints #popinked @popinked
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