About the Owner
Skink Ink is founded by Philip Riley, who is its lead artist and printer. Philip attended the Central School of Art in London to study fine art painting in the mid-eighties and participated in the London's vibrant art scene until he came to New York in the mid-nineties. His work has been included in significant shows such as “Wonderful Life” at the Lisson Gallery London, “The Institute of Cultural Anxiety” at the ICA in London and “Instructions” at Gio Marconi Gallery in Milan.
Starting as a gallery technician then as a gallery manager, Philip has been privileged to work ‘hands on’ with many principal figures in the world of art—including such artists as Sol Lewitt, Tony Cragg, Anish Kapoor, Richard Diebenkorn, Julian Schnabel, Chris Burden and Dan Flavin to name a few. Later he ran a gallery for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham called The Centre 181 Gallery, showing many young artists such as Liam Gillick, Simon Patterson, Gillian Wearing and Yinka Shonibare. Seven of those whose work was shown were nominated for the UK's premier Turner Prize, and two won the prize—Gillian Wearing in 1997 and Jeremy Deller in 2004.
There is a large technical component to digital printing, and it requires a very strong grounding in both the equipment and the software required. This experience has been gained through over a decade of working in pro- fessional graphics in New York City as a designer and retoucher, a new direction Philip embarked upon in the 1990s specifcally to gain this knowledge.
Skink Ink is therefore the culmination of several lifetimes’ experience in diverse creative fields, drawing together strands of both commerce and pure creativity. There is much on offer to those who work with us beyond just technical competence; we have a sensibility that is knowledgeable, attuned to the subjectivities of art, and com- mitted to the discipline of making prints as good as they can be.
“Skink Ink is a very professional printing shop and did a wonderful job printing a piece for me that was a part of a show at the Society of Illustrators. Philip, the owner, was very helpful throughout each part of the process, and made it a very quick turnaround. Although I have experience printing pieces , I did not have very much experience framing pieces and he was able to give me a couple tips in this area, even waiting for me to get a frame before he printed the finalized size. He took great care of my artwork and was genuinely invested in the print looking awesome.”
— Annalise Olsen, Illustrator