In the 1980s painters who had never made prints became involved with the monotype process, which has so much in common with painting and drawing. The monotype also attracted printmakers who had begun to lose interest in the perfectly printed edition of identical images. As a hybrid medium, the monotype also has an affinity with video and performance art, both of which gained new popularity in the post-modernist era. The monotype has continued to flourish in the 1990s, especially among American artists.

Since its introduction, the monotype had been treated as an informal, intimate form of expression. During the 1980's, however, several artists began to enlarge their images to a more public scale, more like easel paintings or even murals. They invented new and more complicated methods of creating monotypes, often making them at professional printmaking workshops. Although most artists continued to make monotypes in conjunction with their painting or printmaking, many of them adopted the monotype as their primary medium.

-- Joann Moser


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