British artist and printmaker Roy Fairchild-Woodard has developed a distinct and highly regarded oeuvre over the years using the process of serigraphy (screen-printing). Influenced by Italian Renaissance painters, crumbling frescoes and tapestries, Fairchild’s work reflects that richness of colour and texture.
After an early career in the 1970’s as a commercial illustrator, Fairchild was able to pursue his passion as a full-time painter and printmaker. Experimental and progressive with screen-printing techniques, Fairchild developed completely new methods to achieve effects with light and colour which continue to be taught and referenced in contemporary art education.
The subject matter of his work is often figurative and composed of decorative elements, it is clear to see how the artistic styles of Egon Scheile and Gustav Klimt have inspired him. Storytelling is also an integral part of his work and Fairchild describes how although a narrative is not necessarily at the forefront of his pictures, it is often subtly woven into the background.
'I often include snatches of music and words that I hear on the radio as I work. If I receive letters from people then I put these in my pictures. Symbols that are personal to me, things I’ve seen, the stamps off holiday postcards; all these I collect and put down in my work.'