A fascination with music and album cover art is what set Damon Roberts on this trajectory in the first place. In 1978 reggae artist U-Roy released his ”Version Galore' album, with its heavily processed half-toned sleeve art, printed in the most incredible eye jarring tones of red and green ink, resonating so wildly it felt like the colours were fighting a war for the attention of your eyes. I was around 4 years old old at the time. This left a lasting impression on Roberts and sparked an obsession which has continued to this day.read more >
A fascination with music and album cover art is what set me on this trajectory in the first place. In 1978 reggae artist U-Roy released his ”Version Galore' album, with its heavily processed halftoned sleeve art, printed in the most incredible eye jarring tones of red and green ink, resonating so wildly it felt like the colours were fighting a war for the attention of your eyes. I was around 4 years old old at the time. This left a lasting impression on me and sparked an obsession which has continued to this day. (blame the parents!)
That original spark of influence no matter how small its seems, eventually led me years later to spend most of my waking hours producing experimental imagery in one form or another for various record labels, music industry projects as well a regular artwork commissions for fashion retailer Harvey Nichols. By operating in this world i'd began to learn a lot about print processes. By accident i'd become familiar with silkscreen printing and began to focus on my energies on exploring its possibilities. This age old process opened up a world of creative possibilities and eventually led me to establish glass siren studio, which is a silkscreen print facility which I developed for the production of my own ideas.
Much of my work has taken an abstract direction over the past decade and has been heavily influenced by the German design school Bauhaus, art movements such as De Stijl, Constructivism, Modernism, Brutalist Architecture and Sound. Artists such a Bridget Riley and Yves Klein have also been major sources of inspiration. Whilst I'm on this tip you may as well add Massimo Osti to the list as well. Although he was from the world of fashion, his experimental approach to fabric processing and garment design definitely played a part in all of this.
The prints from the Glass Siren Archive that you see in the gallery area of this site are all hand produced using the silkscreen print process and have been created on a custom built printing press which I designed and engineered myself to help me make the work. Its been an intense journey working in a very trial and error fashion, amassing knowledge of imaging techniques and building up a fully operational studio set up that would allow me to realise my ideas fluidly and ultimately providing total autonomy over the production process.
The magic of silkscreen printing often lives in the mistakes you make along the way. The interesting part is learning to exploit these errors and nuances that occur to greater effect. As well a working with traditional inks and additives on paper, i've also developed an array of specialist techniques along the way which will be incorporated in some of my forthcoming print releases.