London-based printmaker Ricky Byrne is known for his refined screen printing process, which draws together the traditional and the digital for a strong, contemporary aesthetic. For Ricky the beauty of the printing process lies in the capacity for variation: like the natural and historic subjects he depicts, each print in an edition is a near-perfect copy, while inevitably, possessing its own imperfections and deviations.
Ricky’s prints combine subject study, photography, and digital manipulation, incorporating the CMYK and hand gilding processes to create rich and arresting visuals. His prints are often minimalist - think stripped back monochrome palettes teamed with forceful compositions - for an aesthetic that stops you in your tracks.
Alongside making his own prints, Ricky is a Screenprinting tutor, and a professional printmaker as part of Mesh & Blade, a printing service he co-founded with a close friend and business partner.’