John Paul McCaughey
John Paul received his BFA in printmaking from Rhode Island College in 2010 and his MFA from The Ohio State University in 2012. During the summer of 2011, John interned at Island Press in St. Louis printing editions for renowned artists Ann Hamilton and Trenton Doyle Hancock. Since then, John has held several academic positions and attended residencies at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and the Lawrence Arts Center, in Lawrence, Kansas. In 2015, John decided to move back to Rhode Island in attempts to make it a permanent home and become a leader in his community. Currently, he teaches drawing at Rhode Island College, design at Suffolk University and screen-printing at the As220 Community Print Studio. John is also a Co-Director for the Chazan Family Gallery at RIC. His latest efforts involve bringing the SGCI National Printmaking Conference to Providence for the year 2021. He currently sits as chair for the Providence 2021 Steering Committee.
WHY JOHN PAUL JOINED THE SPEEDBALL DEMO ARTIST PROGRAM
Like many artists, I was first introduced to Speedball products during undergrad and I have been using them consistently ever since. Through Instagram and Facebook, I noticed how involved they were in various art communities and I loved how they would highlight the work of artists around the country using their products. The Demo Artist program seemed like a great way to educate more people about my process and the products I know and love. It’s such an honor to represent Speedball and to be a part of a small network of extremely talented printmakers who share the same passion for their products. I am truly looking forward to being a part of all this and sharing my experience with everyone.
AVAILABLE DEMONSTRATION FORMATS
Tabletop / Open to Public Events
- Screen Printing
- Relief Printing
My favorite products from Speedball hands down are the florescent screen printing inks. They look amazing printed as is, but I prefer to mix them into the standard process colors to create a more dynamic range of color. The silver acrylic ink is fun too and I add into my neutral colored inks to provide a glistening effect. I love using my screens for monoprinting and it's exciting to see how all the colors mix together. Speedball acrylic inks lay down nice and thin which allows for faster drying times. In most cases, I can reprint over something in under 5 minutes which allows me to build up visual texture fairly quickly on the surface of the paper.