Hand-printed linocuts

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Linocuts are prints - but not in the sense of being reproductions of an original. Each print is itself an original artwork. In an edition, all of the limited-edition prints are created using the same block, or blocks. The prints in an edition will be very similar but not identical to one another.

Creating linoprints is a very different type of practice to creating fluid art. I enjoy the meditative process of cutting the lino, and the ability to create more graphic-style works. 

Bee Kind

Framed linocut in white mount and back black frame. The linocut shows a yellow honeycomb pattern. On the bottom half of this honeycomb the word kind is spelled-out in capital letters with cells of the honeycomb filled in in a dark yellow colour to spell this word out. Above the word kind facing diagonally up towards the top left-hand corner of the linocut is a large honeybee in yellow and black.

Limited-edition hand-printed reduction linocut. Water-based ink on paper.

From an edition of 15       

37cm × 32cm in frame

£50; £35 unframed

 

At the start of lockdown I was unwell, anxious and had lost my sense of creativity. Our situation of social distancing and isolation made me think of us as families living within the individual cells of a beehive, together but separate. The wonderful key workers and volunteers are still out there, demonstrating wonderful kindness and bravery. Bee Kind is also a reminder of the power of kindness and self-care. I found the meditative process of cutting and printing a reduction linocut over a couple of weeks very calming, and it helped to restore my creativity.

 

A Face in the Crowd

A linocut in a white mount and black frame. The linocut shows black-and-white outlines of abstract faces squashed together in a rectangle. One of these faces, towards the top right of the print, has been painted in a pale flesh tone in watercolour.

Limited-edition hand-printed linocut. Water-based ink and watercolour paint on paper.

From an edition of 15

32cm × 37cm in frame

£45; £30 unframed

 

This linocut represents that moment when you spot a kindred spirit, and no longer feel lonely in the crowd.

A Penny for Them

A linoprint in a white mount and black frame. The linoprint shows three black cogs: there are two smaller cogs towards the top of the painting with stickmen climbing on them trying to turn the cogs, however these men are working against one another. Below these cogs is a larger black cog. Inside this a third stick man is reclining reading a book. To the bottom right of the print is a red S within a red circle

Limited-edition hand-printed linocut. Water-based ink on Wenzhou paper.

From an edition of 10

32cm × 37cm in frame

£45; £30 unframed

 

A Penny for Them shows three imagined homunculi (a very small human or humanoid creature) within the mind, working its cogs. Two of them are working hard but against one another, futilely trying to turn cogs in opposite directions. These cogs grinding each other represent the troubled state of a mind where competing ideas flood together, making it hard to come to any decision. The third homunculus has settled against down inside its cog to take time out from this discord. Reading a book, the third homunculus nudges us to escape from the daily grind and to let our mind run free.

Sticking Together

A linocut in a white mount and black frame. This linocut shows a group of individual abstract faces linked together, like a jigsaw, to create a small united society. The skin tone of the faces changes gradually in colour from pale to dark from left to right.

Limited-edition hand-printed linocut. Water-based ink on paper.

From an edition of 5

32cm × 37cm in frame

£45; £30 unframed

 

This linocut shows a group of individual faces linked together, like a jigsaw, to create a small united society.

The Old Lighthouse

A linocut in a white mount and black frame. A white-line linocut of a lighthouse on a beach, shining its light out to sea. The linocut is built up of spaces of colour with white lines left between them. The minimalist Lighthouse is striped red and white. The beach is represented as a warm yellow area with a dark blue sea to the left, a slightly lighter blue sky above and a bright yellow light shining out to the left and right from the lighthouse.

Limited-edition hand-printed linocut. Water-based ink on paper.

From an edition of 6

37cm × 32cm in frame

£45; £30 unframed

 

A white-line linocut of a lighthouse on a beach, shining its light out to sea.

The Hare and the Minotaur

A linocut in a white mount with a black frame. The background of the linocut blends from green at the top towards pale brown at the bottom. The foreground of the linocut is a representation of a large statue of a hare and a Minotaur sitting together on a tall bench. The hare is sitting to the left with the Minotaur to the right with his arm around her shoulder. The hare and the Minotaur appear in shades of brown.

Limited-edition hand-printed reduction linocut. Water-based ink on paper.

From an edition of 6

32cm × 37cm in frame

£45; £30 unframed

 

A loving representation of the iconic Cheltenham couple.