Powerhouse Arts Printshop



The Powerhouse Arts Printshop (formerly known as BRT Printshop) is a non-profit contract printshop in Red Hook specializing in large format screenprints on paper, canvas, metal, and plastic. The printshop was established in 2016, led by Luther Davis, soon after the closing of Axelle Editions in Boerum Hill, where Luther worked as master printer for sixteen years. During his time at Axelle, Davis not only printed projects for Axelle but also co-founded Forth Estate and printed their screenprint editions. The innovative team at the Printshop collaborates on over 300 projects a year with artists based in Brooklyn and around the world. In 2020, the Printshop will move into Powerhouse Arts' permanent home in Gowanus. There, Davis will expand his services to include lithography and intaglio, the print medium he studied and “fell in love with” as an MFA student at The Ohio State University. Davis was drawn to the process of printmaking immediately. “All the steps needed to get from the image to the plate to the paper somehow clicked with my personality,” he explains. Beyond his academic training, Davis worked with master screenprinter Jean-Yves Noblet at Noblet Serigraphie when he moved to New York in the late 1990s. He relished the collaborative nature of the printshop and “the sharing of ideas . . . that I could not find elsewhere.”   -SR

Photo credit: Elisabeth Berezansky for IPCNY