POSADA 100 YEARS ON Mural by Carlos Hernandez and The Amazing Hancock Brothers

Based on and inspired by the art of Jose Guadalupe Posada, printmakers Carlos Hernandez of Burning Bones Press in Houston, TX and The Amazing Hancock Brothers (Charles & John) of Austin, TX have created a tribute to Posada in recognition of the 100 years since his death. Posada was known primarily for woodcuts and engravings. The printmakers chose to take a more contemporary approach – the “Screenprint Mash-Up” – using his imagery. The process is collaborative, frenetic, fast and democratic; a set number of images were chosen, put into screens and were printed onto canvas in a seemingly random manner. The process allows spontaneity in re-contextualizing Posada’s images. The mural was created during a five-day period from June 3rd thru June 7th, 2013 at Burning Bones Press in Houston, Tx.

The piece is installed at The Pastry War in Houston.

Wall covering on site

Wall covering on site.

Carlos and John hard at work.

Carlos Hernandez and John Hancock hard at work.

John and helper with one section of the wallcovering.

John and helper adding final details.

VSP champion Stefan Hoffmann recently finished a project in Montreal. Here’s a video of the piece being created.

Here’s a time-lapse video of Chad Silver and his associates working on wall graphics at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Lots of very skillful vertical screen printing going here! You can learn more about this project and other outstanding work by Chad at his web site: From the desk of Chad Silver

Untitled by Bill Fick


When most people think of screen printing they usually visualize Warhol’s “Marilyn” or an indie rock gig poster or a pastel colored beachscape print, but not many folks know that screen prints can also be found printed directly on walls. This summer I had the opportunity to make a mural on a wall in Perkins library (in a hallway leading to the Gothic Reading Room) using a vertical screen printing technique that I’ve been researching. The project is the culmination of a Collaboration Development Grant from the Duke Council for the Arts. The grant also involved bringing Dutch artist Stefan Hoffmann to Duke to share his highly developed vertical screen printing methods with me, students, staff and Art, Art History and Visual Studies professor Merrill Shatzman.

Beyond applying newly developed vertical screen printing techniques, the mural also gave me the opportunity to take advantage, and bring attention, to the Edwin and Terry Murray Comic Book Collection found in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. In the past four years I’ve been using the Murray Collection as a teaching tool and resource for my Art of the Comic Book and Zines class. The mural design used appropriated images taken from an assortment of comics found in the collection. These included Marge’s Little Lulu and Tubby, Classics Illustrated – The Black Tulip, The Mark of Zorro and Walt Disney’s Donald Duck. I also used images taken from books found in the Lilly Library comics and graphic novels section (A Steve Ditko monograph and Love and Rockets, New Stories No. 1 by the Hernandez brothers). The images ranged from faces/heads to a standing figure to a tulip flower. I really wasn’t thinking about content but more about interesting shapes and forms – although I did use some text that related to the location of the piece.

The concept for the mural was to make a colorful and active design that used pop culture and street art/graffiti strategies (practiced by contemporary artists like Shepard Fairey, Faile, Bäst and pioneered by artists like Polke, Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein, Warhol). This included layering, repetition and patterning which can be easily implemented using the vertical screen printing method – one image per screen applied to the wall over and over again. This method also yields unexpected relationships between content and shapes that I find very exciting. The viewer can make their own narrative or allow it to be purely decorative. For this reason, the mural is untitled.

The project was made possible by a Collaboration Development Grant from the Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University. Thanks again to Meg Brown.

Bill Fick, August 2011

Here’s a vertical screen printed mural being made by Bill Fick in Perkins Library at Duke University (same location as the one Stefan Hoffmann made back in February). The images have been appropriated from comics found in the Murray Comic Book Collection at Duke.

In February 2011 Stefan Hoffmann created an intervention at Duke University’s Perkins Library. Very interesting piece that used found objects and images from the library. The project was made possible by a Collaboration Development Grant from the Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University. Thanks to Meg Brown for all her help! See better documentation of this project at Hoffmann’s website.

technical guide to windowprinting from Stefan Hoffmann on Vimeo.

On February 1, 2011 Stefan Hoffmann visited Beth Grabowski’s screen printing class at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His visit included a window printing installation/workshop located in the entry area to the Hanes Art Building.


Here’s a video of Stefan Hoffmann working with printmaking students from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.