Jonathan Marquis stands over an array of print-outs, scratching his chin.
“I’m trying to decide whether to add the super-hero, or just work with it as it is,” he says.
Marquis explains the process he’s using: first, he prints out sections of a large image, using a regular computer printer. He then coats the sheets of paper with a clear medium, which binds to the ink on the paper better than the ink binds to the paper. When he presses that onto the canvas, the image transfers.
“It’s pretty straightforward and you can do a lot with it,” he says.
So far, he has transferred a large copy of Albrecht Durer’s 1504 painting, “Adam and Eve.” Now, he’s thinking about layering on a large image of the comic-book superhero, Daredevil.
He decides to go for it — but not before painting sharper outlines to the forms of Adam and Eve.
“I want to make sure all the layers stay visible.”
(This post is part of today’s ongoing live coverage of the Missoula Art Museum’s “Artini: Auction – In Your Face” event, in which eleven local artists create original works over the course of the day. The resulting artwork will be auctioned off at an event tonight at the MAM. Click here for an index of all of today’s updates about the artists’ progress.)