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The Number Gallery's Top 5 Screen Prints of 2017

As we come to the end of the year, we look back at the wine, art and good times we had this year. There have been exhibitions, live painting events and private views. A lot of which blur into one in retrospect (The Number Gallery should stop hitting up the free booze) However this year has been an amazing one for printmakers, screen printers in particular. The biggest highlight on the printers calendar was this year's Blisters show, which featured a few of our Number Gallery artists such as; Craig Keenan and Lewis Carpenter who exhibited an assortment of astounding pieces.  

To help you keep track of the talent and to share our personal favourites (in no particular order) we’ve assembled this comprehensive list of our picks screen printers and their prints from this year.

1: Louis Craig Carpenter - Northern Lights

 Louis is an exceptionally crafty printmaker; using base layering, paper tones and laser guided registration to knock out exceptional editions, one after another. Our personal favourite was his Blisters entry, Northern Lights. This one is a Print Club London exclusive ( https://goo.gl/xHNYjB ) and will be sold out soon, so grab one while you can. We’ve got a great selection of Lewis’ work in the Number Gallery ( https://goo.gl/EMCwFM ) so go have a look and tell your friends about this amazing print maker and illustrator.  (follow Louis on instagram @louisrcc)

Louis is an exceptionally crafty printmaker; using base layering, paper tones and laser guided registration to knock out exceptional editions, one after another. Our personal favourite was his Blisters entry, Northern Lights. This one is a Print Club London exclusive (https://goo.gl/xHNYjB) and will be sold out soon, so grab one while you can. We’ve got a great selection of Lewis’ work in the Number Gallery (https://goo.gl/EMCwFM) so go have a look and tell your friends about this amazing print maker and illustrator.

(follow Louis on instagram @louisrcc)

2: Mark McClure - Surface Tension

 Mark McClure’s geometric masterpieces range from 3D sculptures, to screen prints, to street art. He works at the junction point of art, design and making the cool stuff you want to make. This year our favourite has been the hand finished screen print ‘Surface Tension’ ( https://goo.gl/SF1KxH ). Mark’s exceptionally delicate colour palette and sumptuous hand finishing with spray paint is immensely satisfying. Next year we hope to get him in to bring his magic to the walls of one of our venues.  (follow Mark on instagram @markmcclure)

Mark McClure’s geometric masterpieces range from 3D sculptures, to screen prints, to street art. He works at the junction point of art, design and making the cool stuff you want to make. This year our favourite has been the hand finished screen print ‘Surface Tension’ (https://goo.gl/SF1KxH). Mark’s exceptionally delicate colour palette and sumptuous hand finishing with spray paint is immensely satisfying. Next year we hope to get him in to bring his magic to the walls of one of our venues.

(follow Mark on instagram @markmcclure)

3: Ben Rider - Grab This

 Ben Rider’s bright fluorescent collaged style is instantly recognisable and delightful. The piece that we’ve been loving (along with the rest of his collection) has been ‘Grab This’ ( https://goo.gl/vMHsY2 ), featured at the Whitecross Street Party as a hand finished paste up. If cute kittens toting M16’s are your thing then this is a printmaker for you. Ben’s printing may look wild and whimsical, but behind the light hearted execution lies a very considered and seasoned printmaker who has painstakingly worked out his personal formula to exciting and dynamic printmaking, rich & ripe for enjoyment and interpretation. Recently he’s been making some pretty amazing sculpture work which is well worth a look and will be very collectible. ( https://goo.gl/vWEGWj )  (follow Ben on instagram @zombiesqueegee)

Ben Rider’s bright fluorescent collaged style is instantly recognisable and delightful. The piece that we’ve been loving (along with the rest of his collection) has been ‘Grab This’ (https://goo.gl/vMHsY2), featured at the Whitecross Street Party as a hand finished paste up. If cute kittens toting M16’s are your thing then this is a printmaker for you. Ben’s printing may look wild and whimsical, but behind the light hearted execution lies a very considered and seasoned printmaker who has painstakingly worked out his personal formula to exciting and dynamic printmaking, rich & ripe for enjoyment and interpretation. Recently he’s been making some pretty amazing sculpture work which is well worth a look and will be very collectible. (https://goo.gl/vWEGWj)

(follow Ben on instagram @zombiesqueegee)

4: Tom Harman - GUN DOG

 Where is Tom Harman? We haven’t seen him in months. We did an exhibition with him this year and haven’t heard much from him since. A quick check on @tommy.harman reveals what he has been up to. Making monsters and drawing the illest of illustrations. Tom stocks a few screen prints with us at The Number Gallery and we absolutely adore ‘Gun Dog’ ( https://goo.gl/DF2UYE ). The ‘King of Monsters’ as we like to call Tom, is a successor to the punky alternative illustration styles of Jamie Hewlett and Todd McFarlane and echoes that 90’s oeuvre. This strikes a big cord with the Number Gallery as we loved those guys growing up, and Tom’s work conjures us fond memories of The First Gorrilaz release, Tank Girl, Spawn and The Amazing Spider Mans comics of the era. Keep an eye on Tom as we expect big things and more great artwork from him in 2018.  (follow Dave on instagram @tommy.harman)

Where is Tom Harman? We haven’t seen him in months. We did an exhibition with him this year and haven’t heard much from him since. A quick check on @tommy.harman reveals what he has been up to. Making monsters and drawing the illest of illustrations. Tom stocks a few screen prints with us at The Number Gallery and we absolutely adore ‘Gun Dog’ (https://goo.gl/DF2UYE). The ‘King of Monsters’ as we like to call Tom, is a successor to the punky alternative illustration styles of Jamie Hewlett and Todd McFarlane and echoes that 90’s oeuvre. This strikes a big cord with the Number Gallery as we loved those guys growing up, and Tom’s work conjures us fond memories of The First Gorrilaz release, Tank Girl, Spawn and The Amazing Spider Mans comics of the era. Keep an eye on Tom as we expect big things and more great artwork from him in 2018. 
(follow Dave on instagram @tommy.harman)

5: Dave Buonaguidi - The Whole Collection

 Buy this man a Nandos!   The Number Gallery has seen Dave Buonaguidi at all the right places this year. No East London gallery seems to be complete without at least one of his pieces adorning their walls or art fair stalls. Dave has been selling incredibly well this year and drawing from a seemingly endless creative wellspring. With a background in advertising this is a man who knows how to put a beautiful piece together. Mixing snappy copy and bold colour palettes with complimentary re-appropriated substrates; ranging from naughty playing cards to old maps. Dave harnesses the nostalgic emotional content from the found material he prints onto with refreshingly direct and clear typography. It’s vintage fun with a new age feel and definitely something to add to the collection of the discerning wall adorner.   (follow Dave on instagram @realhackneydave)

Buy this man a Nandos! 

The Number Gallery has seen Dave Buonaguidi at all the right places this year. No East London gallery seems to be complete without at least one of his pieces adorning their walls or art fair stalls. Dave has been selling incredibly well this year and drawing from a seemingly endless creative wellspring. With a background in advertising this is a man who knows how to put a beautiful piece together. Mixing snappy copy and bold colour palettes with complimentary re-appropriated substrates; ranging from naughty playing cards to old maps. Dave harnesses the nostalgic emotional content from the found material he prints onto with refreshingly direct and clear typography. It’s vintage fun with a new age feel and definitely something to add to the collection of the discerning wall adorner.

(follow Dave on instagram @realhackneydave)