“I painted a lot of walls became a hermit grew a big beard and almost ran away to live in the woods.”

It’s been a while since we heard something from Phlegm last time, but he is now back with a new print release, a stunning piece called “Tributary”.

is a copper printed with black Gamblin etching ink on 300gsm somerset satin white mould made paper. The plate size is 29.5 by 25cm and has a 3cm torn edge border. The print comes signed, named, numbered and embossed with my monogram in an edition of 200.

According to Phlegm, this is the first print he has worked on since he started developing different ways of drawing into copper plates. In this new work he has partially engraved the line work as well as etching it, resulting in a finer detail and also a more varied depth of line work. As you can imagine, the print is packed with detail and it’s a clean print with minimal plate tone.

Tributary will go on sale on Phelgm’s new online store on Wednesday, January 24th @ 5PM GMT / 12PM EST for £250 / $345 each.

Note from the artist:

Just as a note for people used to buying more commercial prints and posters. This is a printing technique unchanged since early in the 16th century. Each print is hand inked and then delicately wiped back with cloths until just the image is left on the plate. It’s then pushed through a heavy press and the image is embossed from the plate to the paper. It’s a beautiful process that produces results closer to an original drawing than to a print. This also means every print has small individual plate marks. I’m a meticulous printmaker so no prints have any marks that interfere with the image quality itself at all.” – Phlegm




Author: Fran

Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.