ORIGINAL LIMITED EDITION BLOCK PRINTS
This series of block prints began in May 2004, partially in response to being
selected as the featured artist for Amphora, Number 135, the journal of
the Alcuin Society, and partly just because I wanted to. I consider many of my
recent pen and ink drawings to be one step short of being a block print, as the
images have already been selected, focussed, filtered, and presented as simply
as a block print would be. Some drawings are intended to be used as the template
for a block print. I just hadn't previously taken the time to start cutting them.
Now I have.
I enjoy the quiet workmanship involved in cutting a block, and the
mental rigour necessary to decide what to cut and what to leave - all of it in
the negative. Making the prints is another enjoyable physical process, one that
connects me to centuries of printmakers - a sense of history that is lacking in my
day to day computer drafting. It is rather ironic that publication of
the prints on this web page and in Amphora takes them a step further, into
the realm of digital imagery, one that I am avoiding while making the prints.
WRECK (August 2007)
BASKING (January 2006)
RUN (April 2005)
WAITING (October 2004)
PRICKLY (September 2004)
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