Author: Charlotte Bearn

Q&A with Screen Prince

Screen Prince by name and screen prince by nature, Screen Prince aka Ben Duarri does all his own printing in a studio in Brighton producing mesmerising prints created using the lyrics to various iconic musicians' songs to build up images of their portraits. In answering a few of our humble questions we discover more about an artist with a passion for music fond memories of his childhood, oh and partying with Fatboy Slim!

What or who are the main inspirations behind your work? Andy Warhol, Cubism, Pop Art, Apollinaire, Futurism, Roy Lichtenstein, Yoko Ono, music, Jean-Michel Basquiat, west end musical posters.

How do you approach the actual making of a piece? Like I’m conducting a séance!

What’s your medium? Usually something like pastel or pastel pencil then dip pen with acrylic ink.For original artwork, and or on top of screenprints, I use more water-based inks.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without? Music.

What memorable responses have you had to your work? 25,000 people all dancing and cheering to a giant “Donna Summer” at the Big Beach Boutique with dj Fatboy Slim.

Q&A with Screen Prince | Image

Q&A with Screen Prince | Image

Q&A with Screen Prince | Image

What are you currently working on? I have just finished “Donna Summer” and am currently working on Frederic Yonnets album artwork. I am also working on new prints of Stevie wonder, Erykah Badu, Adele and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” among others

Describe your work in 3 words. Handmade, calligram, iconography.

What themes do you pursue? Funky themes, royal portraits, religious icons.

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Describe an average day for you. I get up at 3, work, drink sixteen coffees, eat biscuits, go to bed at four or five.

When are you happiest? When I’ve had a really productive day and I’ve paid the rent and I’ve got loads of new materials to play with.

What led you to become an artist? Crayons!

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood? Walking on the beach catching crabs with my older brother when i was about three in Seaford. Selling painted stones on the doorstep, making paper tattoos with felt-tips and swapping sweets to give kids tattoos at break time. I remember starting a dead-bird-burying cult in primary school and organising huge floral displays and complex rituals using floral donations from the retired neighbours with gardens the other side of the school field fence.

What’s your favourite or most inspirational place? A place called El Escorial near Madrid where I was born.

Q&A with Screen Prince | Image

Q&A with Screen Prince | Image

Q&A with Screen Prince | Image

What jobs have you done other than being an artist? I have been a waiter, a cocktail-barman, a donut-on-the-pier-maker, a painter and decorator, a telesales agent, a juice bar manager a sous chef, a studio manager, a tee shirt printer and an assistant stylist.

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to and why. Goya for his light and colour and stories, Botticelli, for his curls, and Picasso for his longevity.

What makes you angry? The Conservatives and George Osbourne when he speaks .

What superpower would you have and why? I would be that shape-shifting blue x-men Mimic.

In another life (if you weren’t an artist) what would you be doing? I would be either a chef or a composer or a writer.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Someone once told me never give up.

If you would like further information of available works or to enquire about other works and artist’s we have in the gallery please call +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com

art to arrive by christmas

Rise no.1 Art Print by Lisa Lloyd
Exclusive

Rise no.1

60 x 60cm

£150

60 x 60cm

£48

6 x 10 cm

RYCA £80

Blowing A Kiss

12 x 12cm

£80

12 x 12cm

United Colour of London Art Print by Jayson Lilley
Exclusive

£195

31 x 24cm

BALLOON DOG 7 Art Print by VeeBee
Exclusive
VeeBee £270

BALLOON DOG 7

21 x 29.7cm

£270

21 x 29.7cm

Love is the Drug - Pink Diamond Dust, 2020 Art Print by Ryan Callanan
Exclusive

£200

60 x 60cm

Tom Lewis £125

Stag

30 x 30 cm

£125

30 x 30 cm

Gorilla - Pink Foil

42 x 59.4cm

£195

42 x 59.4cm

Jungle Blooms 2 Small

32.5 x 32.5cm

£50

32.5 x 32.5cm

Not My First Rodeo (11th Edition) Art Print by Babak Ganjei
Exclusive

£135

50 x 70cm

Choco Happy Dog

12 x 6 x 12cm

£300

12 x 6 x 12cm

£150

50 x 70cm

£150

60 x 30 cm

Canary

40 x 50cm

£150

40 x 50cm

£50

50 x 70cm

£125

60 x 60 cm

Miss Travel UK

26 x 33 cm

£55

26 x 33 cm

I Love London

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

Snoopy Cube

40 x 40 cm

£195

40 x 40 cm

Sara Pope £150

Amped

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£150

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

Oli Mumby £120

£120

59.4 x 42cm

Shark Tank (Neon Green and Pink) Art Print by Memori Prints
Exclusive

£85

52.7 x 38.7cm

You've Got the Love Art Print by Kid-B
Exclusive
Kid-B £65

£65

50 x 50cm

£195

51 x 24 cm

Honey Bee, 2020 Art Print by Dylan Floyd
Exclusive

Honey Bee, 2020

20 x 20cm

£35

20 x 20cm

Ellipsis - Remix, 2020 Art Print by Dan Hillier
Exclusive

£98

42 x 42 cm

Right Hand Red, 2020 Art Print by Static
Exclusive
Static £35

£35

20 x 20cm

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