Chris Harley is another commendable Camberwell graduate who managed to skip our submission process due to his deep knowledge of both print and processes. Chris’ exhibited work at the Camberwell Illustration show involved a selection of his series of 7 prints based around the 7 deadly sins using stone lithography.
Chris’ tactile imagery bursts with charisma as his contemporary illustrative style forms a visually captivating relationship with the traditional printing technique applied. After speaking to the graduate about his work Chris talked about his deep interest in print, with experience in screen printing, letter press and relief printing he spent his final year at university focusing on lithography as he developed prints from original drawings rather then reprographics. With a heavy focus on traditional /handmade processes demonstrated across his portfolio Chris explained he is particularly interested in the process of print, “I love lithography – it feels like more of a craft then just a means to producing work, it’s also great for exploring mark marking techniques and creating paint like aesthetics.” Currently focusing on a body of lithographic prints concerning ‘the figure under stress’ the graduates future plans involve moving from stone to plate lithography in order to concentrate on refined tones, texture and the incorporation of colour and scale to his work also adding “I really want to develop my knowledge of both the lithographic craft and other traditional print methods, gaining experience in a print studio would be ideal”.