Hello I’m Chris Bourke, a full time artist and lino print maker based in Worcester, UK.
Since 2005, I’ve worked almost solely in the labour intensive medium of lino prints.
Every part of the printmaking process: the drawing, cutting and printing of each design, is done entirely by me, by hand. This means that no two prints are the exactly same: there will always be subtle differences in each print due to the hand printing process. To see this process in action see the video page.
I sometimes hand colour the prints using acrylic or watercolour paint. Most are released as signed, numbered editions, or sometimes as individual ‘artist proofs’ – these are signed but not in a numbered edition.
My influences are fairly obvious from the work: tattoo imagery, religion/religious art, music, skateboarding, nature and politics.
I ran an independent skate shop (Spine in Worcester) for 11 years, so much of my commercial work has been for various skateboard and related companies. These include bespoke designs for skateboard magazines Kingpin and Document; Skateboard and t-shirt graphics for A Third Foot, Death Skateboards, and Consolidated Skateboards in the US.
I’ve also produced work for Gravis, Volcom, MPORA, Howies, Nokia, el Jimador tequila and designed the Poetry of The Deed album cover for Frank Turner.
Some examples of my commercial work can be viewed on my Flickr page HERE.
I’ve been featured in several books and magazines including Modart, +1, Sidewalk and Inked, Concrete to Canvas: Skateboarders’ Art. the 2009 book ‘Art by Tattooists: Beyond Flash’ and 2014’s The Book of Hearts.
I’ve exhibited in many group and solo shows internationally and here in the UK, see the Press/Shows page for full details.
You can buy a selection of my work through the following galleries:
Nelly Duff – 156 Columbia Rd, London
Subversion Gallery – 4 Ruthven Mews Arcade, 57 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG
The Art Hound Gallery – Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge, CB23 7EY
DNA Gallery, 11 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF
Or through my online stores HERE