Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

Screen Printed Colour As  A Theoretical Model For The Development Of Inkjet Technology

funded by: Arts and Humanities Research board (AHRB)
project coordinator: carinna parraman
project duration: 01.09.2004 - 31.08.2005
For full project outcomes refer to the right hand column
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Aims and Objectives

Aims and Objectives


1.       A technical and historical analysis of screenprints produced between 1960 and 1980 was undertaken


2.       A series of prints were used for colour measurements


3.       An investigation was undertaken into colour spaces and  workflow methods

4.       A feasibility study into combining screenprinted opaque, translucent layers and multilayering in inkjet colour was undertaken


As a result of Parraman’s analysis of  the Tate Prints and Drawings archive a database was developed to record how each print was made. Screenprints produced between 1960 and 1980 by artists in collaboration with Kelpra Studio were used as exemplars. The database includes information on each print or series of prints, which details:

the Tate collection number

names of colours

edition size

paper, and any interesting or technical information

The artists selected were: Eduardo Paolozzi, Gillian Ayres, Robyn Denny, Patrick Heron, Peter Sedgley, Gordon House, Bridget Riley, as they represented a cross-section of work within the time period addressed.


A copy of the database, along with a licence to run the database, has been provided for Registrars at the Prints and Drawings Department at Tate Britain. The following conference papers and presentations demonstrated results.


“Experiments in the Hybridisation of Screenprint and Inkjet Colour”, IRIS, Nancy France 9-10th November 2005.

Customising Digital Printing for Fine Art Practice”, Electronic Imaging Conference, San Jose, USA January 2005

The resurgence of the organic dot”, University of Milan, June, 2005

“The Collaborative Print Exchange as Visual Debate”, 4th Impact Conference Berlin/Poznan, September 2005

“The Scientific Artist? – the development of the art and science of colour mixing for artists from the 18th to the 21st century”, 4th Impact Conference Berlin/Poznan, September 2005

Searching user preferences in printing: a proposal for an automatic solution”, St Petersburg Russia, July 2006