Friday, October 25, 2019


The Collaborative Process of Fine Art Printmaking: Phil Sanders in Conversation with James Nares and Jean-Paul Russell

Phil Sanders, master printer and author of the forthcoming publication, Prints and Their Makers; The Collaborative Process (2020, Princeton Architecture Press) leads a conversation with artist James Nares and Durham Press master printer Jean-Paul Russell about innovative collaborations and the importance of the artist/printer relationship.

Phil Sanders is an artist and the director and collaborative master printer at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, a cooperative printmaking workspace that provides professional-quality printmaking facilities to artists and printmakers of every skill level. These seemingly disparate roles intertwine to influence and shape each other and his work. As a collaborative master printer he is fortunate to have a window into the creative processes of some of the greatest artistic minds of the past fifty years, and this experience has strengthened his individual artistic voice.

Sanders has shown his own work internationally and is versed in lithography, intaglio, photo-gravure, relief, and bookbinding techniques. Sanders received a bachelor of fine arts in printmaking as well as a bachelor of arts in art education from the University of Florida.

James Nares is a contemporary British artist known his large calligraphic paintings. Inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s iconic depictions of brushstrokes, Nares’ paintings are intuitive and gestural, created in a single swipe of the brush. He may erase and attempt the same stroke over and over again, continuing until he achieves a desired precision and feels he is successful. “A lot of it had to do with reinventing the brush, the surface, and the paint,” he explained of his process. “They're pretty simple, the ingredients to my paintings. I like to think of it as like making bread or something. A little change in the recipe and you get something completely different.” Born in 1953 in London, England, Nares went on to study at the School of Visual Arts in New York, soon becoming an integral part of the late 1970s downtown Manhattan art scene, initially working in film and creating a series titled No Wave. Today, his work is found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Albright-Knox Art Museum in Buffalo, among others. Nares lives and works in New York, NY.

Jean-Paul Russell is a co-owner and the Master Printer at Durham Press, collaborating with artists James Nares, Polly Apfelbaum, Beatriz Milhazes, and others. 

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