You've probably seen a James Billiter design around town — artwork with intricate details and elegant lettering that’s reminiscent of either the late 1800s or the glory days of Art Deco.
The Cincinnati native shares his love of local history and design in limited-edition, hand-printed posters by illustrating an original image and incorporating headline typography. He channels influences from nature and historic architecture into inviting representations, captivating viewers with familiar landmarks seen through an antique lens. See his Cincinnati Heritage series featuring Carew Tower, Union Terminal, Fountain Square, and more.
James learned how to screen print from Aaron Kent, owner of DIY Printing in Essex Studios. (DIY is a local co-op where regional artists are free to create their art with others.)
In his new mono print series, James paints watercolor dyes onto silkscreen stencil or silkscreen mesh, and screen prints an original painting onto paper. This produces a very small edition (three to five pieces), and each one is unique.
James’ artwork can be found at many local art events, galleries, and shops, including 708 Gallery where you can see the aforementioned mono prints. Additionally, a variety of his art can be found at Handzy Shop + Studio in Covington.
And he’s all over the city in numerous other stores and galleries as well. The photo gallery above showcases both his work and his process.