‘Crimes Never Pay 2’ is a 2 layer Screen Print by graphic artist Steve Smythe. Printed onto newsprint Paper, using, ink and graphite, the print 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.
‘Crimes Never Pay 1’ employs bricolage technique to exceptional success. Smythe has created a magazine cover by juxtaposing fragments from different vintage comics: beneath the title ‘Famous Crimes’, a fierce warrior woman rides a tiger through a metropolis.
Set against a white background, Smythe has created the print in a monochrome palette, adding graphic highlights in neon pink, to bring image, colour and typography into perfect compositional union.