This print demonstrates how screenprinting can add depth to a print through the use of layered colours and textures. Willie creates different textures for each material in this still life, such as the silver tray, the table cloth, and the floor, as well as creating the transparency of the glass.
Willie Rodger (1930 -2018) was influenced by his studies at Glasgow School of Art, where he specialised in Graphic Design. His work is characterised by bold and harsh shapes and lines. It contrasts a boldness and delicacy, together with a combination of tones of austerity and wit. His strategic use of his medium exposes the maximum potential of it, whilst simultaneously maintaining an economic use of lino-cut. Willie once said he is interested by everything he sees and draws, he uses print-making as a medium as painting does not interest him. Discussing his process, he noted that "The prints may seem like a spontaneous, first time thing but in fact I go through hundreds of versions and sheets of paper editing, editing till I get it right."
''The prints may seem like a spontaneous, first time thing but in fact I go through hundreds of versions and sheets of paper editing, editing till I get it right." Willie Rodger was born in Kirkintilloch in 1930, and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1954. After working as an art teacher at Clydebank High School from 1968-87, he left teaching to be a full time artist.
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