Silkscreen Prints

A silkscreen, also called a serigraph or screen print, is the process of forcing ink through a screen to a surface underneath, which can be paper or textile, to create an image. The print is created by using a series of tightly stretched mesh screens and a stencil, or by using a chemical to make some areas of the screen nonporous so the ink cannot pass through.

Ink is “squeegeed” through the mesh material, the stencil masking the areas that should not receive the ink. Multiple screens and multiple stencils are used and applied one at a time to the paper or textile surface below the screen to create areas of different color.

Silkscreen prints can be created manually, or by automated machine. The process is referred to as a silkscreen as originally silk was woven to create the porous screen. Modern screens are made from polyester or thin metal material.


Quick Facts

  • Artists favor the silkscreen process to produce areas of vibrant, crisp color
  • In the 1960s, Andy Warhol is credited with glorifying the commercial aspect of the silkscreening process to fine art by introducing the idea that mass produced images made without the direct hand of the artist involved could be considered fine art
  • Warhol incorporated popular images of icons into his art, including those of Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy

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Keith Haring - Untitled from Radiant baby
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Keith Haring - Untitled from Radiant baby
by Dane Fine Art Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$8001 Bid
Jamie Reid, born 1947, silkscreen in colors / cardboard
Oct 22, 11:00 AM CEST
Jamie Reid, born 1947, silkscreen in colors / cardboard
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €400- €800
€4000 Bids
Sol LeWitt Geometric Silkscreen Lithographs
Oct 20, 6:00 PM EDT
Sol LeWitt Geometric Silkscreen Lithographs
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $150- $300
$1000 Bids
Sol LeWitt Geometric Silkscreen Lithographs
Oct 20, 6:00 PM EDT
Sol LeWitt Geometric Silkscreen Lithographs
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $150- $300
$1000 Bids
Sol LeWitt Geometric Silkscreen Lithographs
Oct 20, 6:00 PM EDT
Sol LeWitt Geometric Silkscreen Lithographs
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $150- $300
$1000 Bids
DAVID SHRIGLEY, STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE, SIGNED/#
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
DAVID SHRIGLEY, STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE, SIGNED/#
by Luxury Fine Arts
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Red Grooms (b. 1937) No Gas, Cover Only Silkscreen
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Red Grooms (b. 1937) No Gas, Cover Only Silkscreen
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $80- $120
$400 Bids
Leon Golub - Silkscreen
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Leon Golub - Silkscreen
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $500- $700
$4000 Bids
JAMES ROSENQUIST "TIME FLOWERS" 8/20 AP SIGNED
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
JAMES ROSENQUIST "TIME FLOWERS" 8/20 AP SIGNED
by Luxury Fine Arts
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
ANDY WARHOL, "APPLE FROM ADS PORTFOLIO", 1985
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
ANDY WARHOL, "APPLE FROM ADS PORTFOLIO", 1985
by Luxury Fine Arts
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$1,4000 Bids
ANDY WARHOL "BLACKGLAMA (JUDY GARLAND) 1985 SILKSCREEN
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
ANDY WARHOL "BLACKGLAMA (JUDY GARLAND) 1985 SILKSCREEN
by Luxury Fine Arts
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$1,4000 Bids
LEROY NEIMAN "RED BOXERS - 1973" SERIGRAPH SIGNED &
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
LEROY NEIMAN "RED BOXERS - 1973" SERIGRAPH SIGNED &
by Luxury Fine Arts
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$8000 Bids
SHEPARD FAIREY JOHN & YOKO ?CANVAS? SCREENPRINT S/N
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
SHEPARD FAIREY JOHN & YOKO ?CANVAS? SCREENPRINT S/N
by Luxury Fine Arts
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$6000 Bids
SHEPARD FAIREY, 2ND AMENDMENT SOLUTIONS, SILKSCREEN ON
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
SHEPARD FAIREY, 2ND AMENDMENT SOLUTIONS, SILKSCREEN ON
by Luxury Fine Arts
Est: $8,000- $10,000
$6,0000 Bids
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Robert Indiana - Silkscreen - Handsigned
Oct 30, 1:00 AM CEST
Robert Indiana - Silkscreen - Handsigned
by Art Atelier
Est: €3,750- €4,750
€1,7000 Bids
ANDY WARHOL MOONWALK YELLOW SUNDAY B MORNING L. EDITION
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
ANDY WARHOL MOONWALK YELLOW SUNDAY B MORNING L. EDITION
by Luxury Fine Arts
Est: $2,500- $3,000
$1,8000 Bids
Indiana, Robert GOLDEN AGE OF THE FUTURE 1976 SILKSCREEN
Oct 17, 10:00 AM PDT
Indiana, Robert GOLDEN AGE OF THE FUTURE 1976 SILKSCREEN
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $4,500- $5,500
$3,5000 Bids
Vedova Emilio - Senza titolo
Nov 06, 2:30 PM CET
Vedova Emilio - Senza titolo
by Aste Brina
Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
Vedova Emilio - Senza titolo
Nov 06, 2:30 PM CET
Vedova Emilio - Senza titolo
by Aste Brina
Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
KAWS - Untitled X (Urge)
Nov 05, 12:00 PM EDT
KAWS - Untitled X (Urge)
by Dane Fine Art Auctions
Est: $11,000- $14,000
$6,0000 Bids
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Alain Jacquet (1939-1988) L'oiseau, 1973-1987
Oct 19, 6:00 PM CEST
Alain Jacquet (1939-1988) L'oiseau, 1973-1987
by Piasa
Est: €6,000- €9,000
€6,0000 Bids
Marc Chagall - Mezuzah - silkscreen on 24K gold plated bronze "12 Tribes Hadassah Windows - Levi"
Oct 24, 10:00 AM PDT
Marc Chagall - Mezuzah - silkscreen on 24K gold plated bronze "12 Tribes Hadassah Windows - Levi"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $540- $675
$4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Silkscreen Prints


Luxury Fine Arts

Luxury Fine Arts

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Robinhood Auctions

Napoleon's Fine Art

Napoleon's Fine Art

Aste Brina

Aste Brina