They’ve changed the moon – abstract print


Abstract Monotype gel print made with acrylic on paper mounted on cradled wooden panel  30cm x 30cm



They’ve changed the Moon is an abstract print 30 cm square. It is a monotype made by gel printing with acrylic paints on paper. The print is about 30 cm square. You can buy the print alone or have it mounted on a cradled wooden panel with edges painted black. Panels are wired and ready to hang.

This is one of a large series of gel prints made during lockdown over the course of 2020.

The title is a play on the song by the late Warren Zevon, called They Moved the Moon. The partial blue circle at the top made me think of a blue moon, and in an attempt to avoid the obvious title I ended up with Warren. The song is from a great album called Transverse City which has inspired several other prints of mine. It isn’t immediately obvious, but another inspiration is the work of Mondrian, although I have not used his rigid geometry or his narrow palette.

What is a gel print?

Monotype prints in general are made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface. This surface, sometimes called the matrix, was historically a copper etching plate. In contemporary work other materials are often used, such as acrylic sheet. The image on the matrix is then transferred onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together. This usually requires a print press. Monotypes can also be created by inking an entire surface and then, using brushes or rags, removing ink to create light areas in a field of opaque colour.

The specific process I used for this print was gel printing (or Gelli but this is a trademark). The matrix in this case is a soft synthetic gel. I apply the paint to the gel sheet with rollers or brushes, often using stencils or masks to limit the area to which the paint is applied. The rolled out paints can also be drawn into or otherwise textured in various ways. This process is repeated until I’m happy with the image. Some of my prints made this way have over 20 separate full or partial layers. Although I often end up with titles which have links to the real world, most of this ‘Lockdown series’ are best described as abstract prints.

Additional information

Dimensions 30 × 30 × 1.5 cm
Mounted or Unmounted

Mounted on panel, Unmounted


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