The tilted viewpoint of Monro’s hospital scene adds to the feeling of discomfort and disorientation that the scene presents. The colours, injured parties and red cross in the background all suggest a military hospital. Monro used screen printing for his pop art prints, a technique where mesh is used to transfer ink onto a surface. Layers of ink can be built up, with some areas protected from saturation by blocks or ink-resistant coatings. In this way, Monro used solid block colours to achieve a feeling of depth on the flat surface.
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Born in London, 1936, Nicholas Monro is an English sculptor, print-maker and art teacher, well known for both his brightly coloured prints and his large scale fiberglass sculptures. He is one of the few British pop artists who specialises in both sculpture and print.