‘Moss’ is a Collaged Silkscreen Print by graphic artist Steve Smythe. Printed onto 300gsm Somerset paper, the piece is finished with hand painted elements, using spray-paint, household paint, and graphite. The print is an original and has been 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.
‘Moss’ takes a black and white photograph of Kate Moss’s face and repeats it across the print. The image is overlaid with collaged sections of text, torn from magazines and newspapers, and the whole print is finished with a grainy texture, which lends a vintage feel, while alluding to Pop artist Lichtenstein’s distinctive Ben-Day dots. Smythe expertly brings image, colour and typography into perfect compositional union, for a for a truly beautiful work of contemporary art.