David Studwell | available art for sale
David Studwell is a contemporary British artist and print maker who studied at Central St Martins School of Art. Having worked as an artist for over 20 years, Studwell harnesses the spirit of the sixties and seventies, the cult of celebrity and the legacy of Warhol to produce iconic screen prints.His works explore the darker side of fame, nostalgia and Americana-police mug shots of well known stars show them at their most vulnerable, or at their most defiant. Private moments of icons at screen tests or during reflection become graphically public, produced in bold and vivid colours.
Studwell’s work also tracks the legacy of photography, technology and photographers in the 20th century. Studwell worked with Sir Elton John and renowned photographer Terry O’Neill to produce ‘Elton John: Home Run-Dodger Stadium 1975,’ a six-colour screen print with diamond dust. The print is a re-working of Terry’s iconic photograph, capturing Elton at the height of his fame in 1975. Studwell also uses the advancement in technology to his advantage to add more sophistication and dynamic layers to his work.
David Studwell, Jane Fonda – Mugshot, 56 x 46 cm, edition of 25 signed and numbered screenprint€356.00
David Studwell, Prince – Mugshot, 56 x 46 cm, edition of 25 signed and numbered screenprint€356.00
David Studwell, Woody Harrelson – Mugshot, 68 x 43 cm, edition of 30 signed and numbered screenprint€356.00
Throughout late 2018 David’s work was heavily featured in the UK’s national press. It was decided that a few co-signed copies of the Elton John piece would be produced aside from the edition and that one would be sold at auction in the lead up to Christmas with all profits going to the Elton John Aids Foundation. The work was promoted and auctioned through the London Evening Standard newspaper, selling for a sum in excess of £12,000.
Since having trained at St Martins School of Art, David’s skills have been honed over some twenty plus years, marking him out as a true professional. This quality has already placed David’s work firmly in the canon of numerous top tier private celebrity art collections, including those of Kate Moss, Sheryl Crow and Nile Rogers. Studwell’s work harnesses the true spirit of the fifties, sixties and seventies. His art offers a crisp commentary on the cult of celebrity following in the direct legacy of Andy Warhol and the sixties Pop Art movement.