‘Untitled 1’ is an original Screenprint by graphic artist Steve Smythe, using spray paint and collage on wood. The piece 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.
‘Untitled 1’ employs bricolage technique to exceptional success: Smythe has layered together shards and fragments, torn from magazines, before finishing sections of the print with lashings of spray paint in high contrast colour. The piece is saturated with juxtapositions, using photographic portraiture to abstracted effect, and merging grainy black and white with pop colour, for a distinctive and striking aesthetic.