Infinity Grid is a bright and colourful abstract print. It is a monotype made by gel printing with acrylic paints on paper. The print is about 30 cm square. You may purchase the print alone or have it mounted on a cradled wooden panel with edges painted black. The panel is wired and ready to hang.
This is one of a large series of gel prints made during lockdown.
The title has no particular inspiration beyond the overall look and feel of the image, which reminds me of the covers of Penguin Science Fiction paperbacks in the 1960s.
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 trade mark). 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. The nature of the process allows for intense bright colours and this colourful abstract print is no exception.