Struan Teague is a painter and printmaker from Edinburgh, Scotland. His work is a perfect balance of delicate illustrations and big blocks of colour, coming together as beautiful stone lithograph and silk screen prints. We asked Struan some questions about his practice and took a sneak-peek inside his studio.
Where do you gather your main inspirations from?
My work doesn’t derive from any specific concept or narrative. It often references my previous prints and paintings by using screen printing to repeat and distort certain elements, resulting in a constantly evolving visual dialogue, playing with scale, rhythm and repetition.
Tell us a little bit about an item from your Department Store collection and where the idea came from.
My ‘Carrara’ screen print is one of my few works where the source is pretty clear. While most of my work is very abstract, this print was made from a drawing inspired by a book of photographs of Carrara marble quarry in Italy. I’m fascinated by the combination of man made and natural marks and lines found in the stone; the sense of structure, form and space is consistent with my more abstract works.
What are your favourite colour combinations?
I go through phases of being obsessed with different colour combinations, recently I’ve been using loads of greys with areas of yellow or turquoise. Picking colours is usually a pretty spontaneous decision with whatever I’m working on at the time.
What new work or products are you currently working on?
Currently working on a series of large scale paintings which are going to incorporate elements of screen printing. Also got a couple of screen print editions and zines in the works, and an etching collaboration with the artist Bobby Sinclair (bobby-sinclair.com).
Struan’s prints and zines are up for grabs on Department Store.