Newt with Crisps

Daisy Hirst
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'Newt with Crisps' screen print by Daisy Hirst.
Three colour hand pulled print on Mohawk Superfine White Eggshell 270gsm
Paper measures 18cm x 24cm
Signed and numbered in an edition of 50

An edition from the Soma Gallery - 20 Years portfolio collection.

"This three-colour acrylic screen print is based on a sketchbook doodle. I use the drawing fluid and screen-filler method for my stencils and print almost all my work in my home studio. I love crisps. Salt n vinegar crisps. Newts are good too, and hot pink. I made a small edition of this image, in a smaller format, in 2017, and it was one of my favourites – so I thought I’d bring it back for SOMA’s anniversary. Sometimes I have considered printing Newt with Crisps in different colourways, but this is ultimately not possible because the newt only likes salt n vinegar crisps."

Colours: pinks

About the 20 Years Collection
Soma Gallery turned 20 in June 2024 so to mark this momentous occasion we asked 20 artists to produce a limited edition print to commemorate the 20 years. Twenty prints from each edition go to the artist and the final 30 are available for sale. You can read more about the project on our blog.

About the Artist
Daisy Hirst is an author-illustrator and printmaker from London: she has written and illustrated many picture books – including four about monster siblings Natalie and Alphonse, which between them have been shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards and Oscar’s Book Prize, translated into eleven languages and featured on CBeebies Bedtime Stories. Daisy’s latest picture book, Get Real, Mallory! is available now from Walker Books.

Daisy has also published four board books with Walker including Monster Clothes – given to 41,000 children as part of Scottish Booktrust’s Bookbug Toddler Bag. Most of Daisy's books are illustrated with screenprints and her practice is rooted in doodling; she also makes prints, zines and greetings cards and runs workshops for adults and children.

Daisy studied Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art and English and Creative Writing at Warwick; she has just moved back to London with her partner and daughter.