Silkscreen Artist

The art of silkscreening dates back to ancient times. Today silkscreening is most commonly used to mass produce the same image either as pieces of fine art or for the decoration on something as simple as a T-shirt. Sometimes fine artists who specialize in silkscreening are commissioned by individuals who would like a specific type of print for their own personal art collection. Other silkscreen artists either own or display their works in galleries boutiques or art shows. Most silkscreen artists have unique artistic talent but a select few are considered to be exceptional and famous. The most widely known artist who has produced silkscreen pieces that are now displayed in some of the world’s most prestigious museums is Andy Warhol. While many silkscreen artists like Andy Warhol produce images on canvas for the purpose of hanging the art on a wall other silkscreen artists focus on producing designs that can be used by various types of companies for mass production or advertising purposes. In order to become a professional silkscreen artist it is essential to have an innate artistic talent and a desire to work full or part-time in an artist’s studio. However many silkscreen artists learn techniques through formal education programs at colleges and universities. Some silkscreen artists have their own studios where they work on one or more pieces at a time while others either rent space at someone else’s studio or they work for a company that produces silkscreened images and therefore work at the company’s studio. The website www.ehow.com states that the average yearly salary for a silkscreen artist is $45000 per year. However for extremely well-known artists and those with extraordinary talent the yearly salary can be significantly higher.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $45000
High Salary: $55000
Low Salary: $35000
Tasks: Uses a silkscreening technique to produce many copies of the same print.
Paints original designs onto silkscreens.
Works with clients on specific designs.
Uses artistic ability, creativity and imagination to design new works of art.
Also Called: Screenprinter
T-Shirt Designer
Printmaker
Stencil Artist
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