Raj bunnag graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 with a BFA in Printmaking. He currently lives and works in Durham, NC where he continues to create his art, farm, and teach. Whether it is teaching printmaking/drawing to Duke students or teaching local high schoolers, Raj finds his inspiration in spreading the gospel of print and educating people on how the printed world is still powerful in a digitally dominated world.
WHY RAJ JOINED THE SPEEDBALL DEMO ARTIST PROGRAM
Being a demo artist for Speedball is a kind of a dream made reality. As someone who grew up skateboarding, I had lofty dreams of becoming an amateur/pro one day. In my eyes, becoming a pro demo artist for Speedball is similar to joining an amazing skate team. To be acknowledge for my skills as a printmaker by a company whose products I have used for the last 14 years is truly an honor.
As a demo artist I am excited to spread the gospel of print to others in any way shape or form. I hope to excite a whole new generation of artists on the power of print with my own work and through the live print demos I will be doing. What this Speedball Demo Artist Program means to me is that the work I create and my love of printmaking have taken me to another great place to learn, grow, and network as an artist. I am super honored and eager to work with Speedball and everyone on the team.
AVAILABLE DEMONSTRATION FORMATS
Tabletop / Open to Public Events
- Relief Printing
- Screen Printing
Hands down I love the basic relief carving tool and the Supergraphic Black Ink.
The carving tool is the work horse of all the tools I use. I use the wide U-gauges and the smallest V-gauge to carve my work. For a while I wanted to get some expensive tools, but as I used the basic carving tool more and more, I got used to the feel and how I used it. I now know I can carve anything with this tool.
The Supergraphic Black Ink that Speedball created is the best block printing ink I have used in the last couple years. I really like that I can use glass cleaner or water to clean it up; makes live printing much much easier since you don’t have to worry about solvents stinking up the place.