Ruth Wilkinson

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week we talk to the Director in charge of the new Scream Editions, which sells original prints from heavyweights such as Tracey Emin, Charming Baker, Pakpoom Silaphan, Lyle Owerko and Remi Rough. Hold on tight as we dive in to the arty mind of LDNER Ruth Wilkinson.

How long have you lived in London, where and why?

I moved to London from Dublin in 2006 and have been living in Brixton for most of that time. I love Brixton, my journey to work is so easy and I still feel really away from the city when I get home. The local parks and markets are where I spend most weekends and the community, almost village type feel, is something I that I really like about living there. Having a local flower man that knows you love tulips and a fish monger that will prepare crab if you ask means a lot to me, coming from a small Dublin suburb Brixton feels more like home than I would have ever thought it could.

You recently launched Scream Editions, what was the thinking behind it?

Scream Editions is simply the best place to find interesting limited editions prints made by the most exciting artists at affordable prices – and is all available online.
We pride ourselves on working with really great artists who explore print in lots of different ways, we bring affordable yet valuable limited edition prints to people all over the world. The website offers a range of prints that all have a strong impact and are beautifully produced.

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You obviously know your art – who are your favourite artists? Top tips for buying art/next big thing?

Growing up my favourite artists were always Charles Brady, Gustav Klimt & Paul Klee – my taste was hugely influenced by shows my Dad brought me to see in Dublin and London and all of the artists he introduced me to from when I was really young. It was my Dad that first introduced me to the beauty of original prints through a studio of artists in Dublin and that started my passion and obsession for prints immediately.

Right now I am loving David Shillinglaw and Magda Archer as my two number ones, they both work across different mediums which I love but their prints are beautifully made and so unique to their individual styles.

My tips for buying definitely start with limited editions prints. I truly believe they are the perfect way to begin a collection. The accessibility of price makes them easier to purchase yet they are still collectable and valuable as limited pieces that are signed, numbered and created by the artist.

The next big thing in my opinion is just how exciting prints are becoming. People across all ages now more than ever really understand and are excited by prints, most of the biggest artists in the world have now worked in print so it’s a medium that spans across all levels of artist. As an art form printmaking is really important right now.

What are your favourite galleries in London?

My favourite galleries in London are Paradise Row in East London for really interesting shows, the Hayward on the Southbank for a weekend wander and I always head to Tate for the big international shows. Luckily I have Scream Gallery just upstairs from my office so I am never far from inspiration.

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Finally what would be your perfect day in London?

My perfect day in London would start with a wander around the market in Brixton with a coffee at Federation, a walk in Brockwell Park and a look around the shops in Herne Hill, followed by lunch at The Dairy in Clapham and a roast chicken at home for dinner – lots of food and spending time with my husband is how I love to spend a day off. A perfect working day starts with breakfast at my desk while I catch up on emails from the night before, we are a worldwide online gallery so our clients never sleep. I schedule meetings throughout the day with my artists to catch up on new work they have for Scream Editions and projects we are working on together, I love working really closely with my artists and spending time with them as often as I can, if possible I try and get to their studios, a favourite part of my job. Shipping out orders from the day before and managing the website to make sure it always has fresh and new artwork on it are our top priorities so this takes up the rest of the day. A swim in Brixton and dinner with my husband finishes off the perfect day for me.