This month we have been getting to know our Tutor and longtime Print Club Member Oli Fowler. We’ve been following Oli around and watching him produce his brand new screen print ‘A Nice Pile of Crap’
Oli Fowler is an artist who specialises in screen-printing and graphic design.
Oli’s artistic practice spans across various forms of graphic art and design, including printmaking, illustration, photography, and photomontage, and he frequently combines these different mediums in his creative process. He values experimentation from the earliest stages of work and bends the rules of printmaking, allowing for the chance and deliberate mistakes to give direction for the finished piece.
When screen printing, Oli often uses tape and stickers to break down the composition and plays around with patterns, textures and photographs to create a density of imagery. His dynamic, abstract compositions are characteristic by their use of sharp shapes and pure CMYK colours.
Alongside his freelance work, for the past five years, Oli has also been involved with the Print Club London as a technician and tutor. He has led screen-printing classes and provided 1-to-1 tutoring for creative professionals and beginners alike.
He has had solo shows in London at the Shaws Booksellers, Blackfriars, and The Crown, Angel. His recent group exhibition The Time with the collective Up and Coming Art was held at The Mushroom Works, Newcastle.
Apart from occasionally experiencing a sudden impulse to draw the odd robot or two, Oli is interested in all things nostalgic, colourful, futuristic and is an obsessive collector of prog and jazz-rock.
What was your approach to your brand new print ‘A Nice Pile Of Crap’? My approach to my brand new piece was to collect rubbish left on our streets of Dalston. Its a collection of rubbish from the walk from Print Club’s Studio to my Studio, after I collected the rubbish I then set up a still life composition back in my studio. I mixed the rubbish with spring flowers also picked up on the walk. I then photographed the still life that I created, put them in photoshop and artworked them further.
How long have you even a member? I’ve been a member for nearly nine years, I am currently one of the leading Tutors at Print Club.
What do you love about screen printing and Print Club? I love the fact that I reached a level where I can screenprint and make a living from it! I’m not my own boss and love every moment of my job! This would never happen if I hadn’t joined Print Club nine years ago, that’s what I love about Print Club! It’s a gateway to what I wanted to achieve, its helped and supported me over the years!
What is your printing playlist? My printing playlist would probably start with some obscure Jazz Fusion, from mid 70’s moving into 80’s Jazz Funk, and then finishing off with some Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik!
Do you have any tips for a budding Screen Printer? Never give up and wash your screen properly!
Last but no means least, after a long day of Screen Printing, what is your beverage of choice? A nice cool can of Holsten Pils!
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