As the innovator of a printmaking process called “Solarplate”, I create on a light-sensitive polymer steel backed material. The technique offers me more freedom and spontaneity and through this process I can substitute sunlight and rainwater instead of using hazardous acids, solvents and grounds. In addition to the act of printmaking, I joyfully incorporate my DNA with expressionistic mark-making on the printed image.
As the pioneer of alternative printmaking and innovator of “Solarplate,” Dan Welden has been in the forefront of health and safety in the arts since the 1970’s. As co-author of ‘PRINTMAKING IN THE SUN’ and director of Hampton Editions, Ltd., his 60 plus years of’ collaboration include working relationships with artists such as de Kooning, Fischl, Kiki Smith, and Flavin. Welden has received recognition with residencies, workshops, lectures and 93 solo exhibitions in 53 countries including a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant.