'There is always an element of the unknown when you make a print. The printing process itself adds a layer beyond the control of the artist which I find very exciting'
- Hughie O'Donoghue
A monotype is a unique print, made by applying paint or printing ink to a metal plate or other surface. The image is transferred to paper either manually by rubbing or by using a press, creating a print that is typically painterly in effect. Each plate generally yields a single impression, hence the name, but subsequent pulls (sometimes called ghost impressions because they are rather faint) can be made.
Here, Hughie Donoghue's Day of the Fire VI demonstrates the fluid, painterly effect achieved the monotype process.