Brad Faine

Born: 1945

Brad Faine

Born in Brighton, Brad Faine studied painting and printmaking at Leicester College of Art and at Goldsmiths College. He then taught printmaking part-time at Farnham College of Art and St. Martin's School of Art as well as lecturing at numerous colleges. Brad Faine's early studies centred on an interest in conceptual art and later developed towards a concentration on colour field painting.

While a student at Leicester he met Sydney Harry whose research into colour phenomena attracted his attention and since then his work has been concerned with the study of the qualities of colour and form without reference to natural objects. His interest in printmaking was motivated by a desire to make multiple flat colour images for which screen process printing was ideally suited. He found the hard edge image too restricting and for this reason he developed a form of continuous tone printing within the limitations of the medium.

He started Coriander Studio in 1972 to make limited edition silkscreen prints, and worked with Henri Chopin who introduced him to a large number of artists including Tom Phillips, Patrick Hughes and William Burrows.

In 1984 Brad was responsible with Peter Blake, Graham Bannister and Gordon House for originating and publishing ‘The Band Aid’ print, which involved organising 104 artists to produce an edition of 500 prints, the proceeds of which went to the Band Aid trust. In 1992 he was asked to write a book ‘The New Guide to Screen Printing, published by Hodder Headline.

During its thirty-five year history, Coriander Studio has produced editions for more than 500 artists, including Erte, Richard Hamilton, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread,. Corianders’ own publications include works by Peter Blake, Sandra Blow, Terry Frost, John Hoyland, Bruce Mclean, Brendan Neiland, and Storm Thorgerson.

In 2000 Coriander began making limited edition Inkjet prints, working with among others Tracy Emin, Cornelia Parker and Storm Thorgeson. In addition the company has recently produced a groundbreaking three-dimensional inkjet-covered sculpture for Ivor Abrahams, which may be seen in the Amsterdam Sculpture Park

As well as being the managing director of Coriander, Brad has, since leaving college himself, taught printmaking as a visiting lecturer at various art schools including St Martins College of Art and Design, and Farnham Art School, and more recently at the Royal Academy of Art.

Throughout this time, Brad has also continued to work as a painter and printmaker in his own right; he has works in many private and public collections in the UK, the USA and the Middle East, and has been in mixed shows in London, New York, Dubai and Tokyo. His prints have been published to date by CCA Galleries and Anderson O’Day in the UK, and Kane Fine Art and IAW in the USA.

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