Edwin Wade

Futura Series

Futura: a unique series of prints mounted on Birch Wood Panels

Who is this Man in the Grey Suit? Women want Him, Men want to be Him! He lives in a world filled with danger; Rockets, Spies, UFOs and Robots, all in a Days work then our Man kicksback with a Highball and puts the Hi-Fi on!

all set against a backdrop of Mid century Modern imagery.



1959 house

We recently bought a 1959 Mid Century Modern Atomic Ranch House in the west suburbs of Cleveland Ohio. It was a brutal, agonizing process filled with problems and many false starts. we finally made a move to a better house, neighborhood, city and school district. The house was built in 1959 in a Modern Ranch design with post and beam construction. situated in a bedroom community west of Cleveland and surrounded by many other Modern Ranches.

The home was purchased from a crotchety old woman who took poor care of the house and made a lot of poor remodeling decisions. AS crumbling chimney and an exterior that had not been painted in 20-25 years. In October of 2013 we moved in only to be overwhelmed by the immense task at hand.

The previous owner had done some very sloppy and improper repairs to the walls in the main living room/ dining room, which involved painting over drywall that had not been primed and painting over the original 1959 maple cabinets in the kitchen.

We have since painted the exterior, repaired the chimney, replaced two exterior doors (will post more on this later) repainted the kitchen cabinets and repaired drywall and are in the process of painting the living room/dining room.

all of this takes IMG_0974 IMG_0973 IMG_0952precious time away from my art! (more…)

Why Serigraphy

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Brief History of Serigraphy or Silkscreen
In the 1930s a group of artists, who wanted to differentiate what they did from the commercial world, formed the National Serigraphic Society. In doing so, they linked the word Serigraphy with fine arts and screen printing. ‘Seri’ is Latin for silk and ‘graphein’ is Greek for to write or draw. In recent history, the Pop Artists are generally seen to have popularised the form of screen printing known as serigraphy. Pop artists, took their images from the world of mass culture, so it was appropriate that they used a technique known for its mass production ability. Op artists also valued the use of the medium, finding it suited their aesthetics.

Famous Silkscreen Artists
Famous screen printers include Andy Warhol (1928-87) with his silk screen prints: Campbell’s Soup Can on Shopping Bag (1966), Triple Elvis (1962), andMarilyn Monroe (1967), among others; Robert Rauschenberg (b.1925) with his Retroactive II (1964); Ben Shahn, with his silkscreen print Pleiades (1960). The Pop Art leader Andy Warhol had a background in commercial art, which gave him a particular affinity with the technique of screen printing. Both Warhol and Rauschenberg extended the technique by screen printing a design onto a canvas to serve as the basis of a painting. Other figures ofcontemporary art, like Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton and R B Kitaj used the medium to combine second-hand images as a kind of collage technique. Complexity of technique has increased, the American Superrealist painter Richard Estes sometimes uses up to 80 screens in one work.

Robert Rauschenberg
R B Kitaj -Red Dancer

World’s Most Valuable Silkscreen Print
According to fine art writer Sarah Thornton in a November 2009 edition of the Economist, an anonymous purchaser has bought Andy Warhol’s silkscreen print Eight Elvises for $100 million  in a private sale. If true, this makes the print the 5th most valuable work of art ever sold.

Warhol started creating silk screen prints in 1962. He wrote that ‘with silkscreening you pick a photograph, blow it up, transfer it in glue onto silk, and then roll ink across it so the ink goes through the silk but not through the glue. That way you get the same image, slightly different each time. It was all so simple quick and chancy. I was thrilled with it. When Marilyn Monroe happened to die that month, I got the idea to make screens of her beautiful face, the first Marilyns’.

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