‘Audrey Hepburn 001’ is a Silkscreen Print by graphic artist Steve Smythe. Printed onto 300gsm Somerset Paper, the piece is an original and is signed by the artist.
The work of Steve Smythe is flavoured by his background as a graphic designer. Smythe’s prints - which make deft use of mixed-media techniques, collage styles, and material innovation - are distinguished by their bold use of colour and compositional practices, crossing the line from graphics to art in the style of early Warhol or Paolozzi. For ‘Audrey Hepburn 001’ Smythe has taken a famous photograph of Audrey Hepburn, perched upon a stool, and washed it with layers of grey paint, until the actress is almost obscured behind a mist of acrylic. Over the top, Smythe has added squiggles of black ink, for a raw, dynamic quality, deeply reminiscent of the innovative styles of 1950s experimental art.