Skink Ink is a fine art giclee printing studio located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Founded by Philip Riley who is it's lead artist and printer. Philip attended the Central School of Art in London to study Fine Art Painting in the mid-eighties and remained in the city participating in the London's vibrant art scene until he left in the mid-nineties for New York. His work has been included in significant shows such as 'Wonderful Life' at the Lisson Gallery London, 'The Institute of Cultural Anxiety' at the ICA, London and 'Instructions', Gio Marconi Gallery, Milan.
Starting as a gallery technician then as a gallery manager, he has been privileged to work in a 'hands on' way with many principal figures in the world of art. Including such artists as; Sol Lewitt, Tony Cragg, Anish Kapoor, Richard Diebenkorn, Julian Schnabel, Chris Burden and Dan Flavin to name a few. Later he ran a gallery for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham called 'The Centre 181 Gallery', showing many young artists such as Liam Gillick, Simon Patterson, Gillian Wearing and Yinka Shonibare. Seven of those who's work was shown went on to be nominated for the UK's premier 'Turner Prize'. Two went on to win it, they were Gillian Wearing in 1997 and Jeremy Deller in 2004.
There is a large technical component to digital printing and it requires a very strong grounding in the both the equipment and the software required. This experience has been gained through over a decade of working in professional graphics in New York City as a designer and retoucher, a new career Philip embarked upon in the 1990's.
Skink Ink is therefore the culmination of several lifetime's experience in diverse creative fields, drawing together strands of both commerce and pure creativity. There is much on offer to those who work with us beyond just technical competence, we have a sensibility that is; knowledgeable, attuned to the subjectivities of art, and committed to the discipline of making prints as good as they can be.
It's not just that Philip knows what he's doing; he cares about making each print as good as it can be. There were at least a few times when I said, "I think that one's good enough," and he said, "I don't..." — Paul Raphaelson, Photographer
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