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Linocut

When deciding upon artwork for a modern space many people go straight to galleries and websites in search of the perfect painting. Don’t overlook alternative mediums, such as linocuts, in your hunt. 

The Floral Hall, Covenant Garden - Edward Bawden, 1967

The Floral Hall, Covenant Garden – Edward Bawden, 1967

Linocuts are a printmaking variant.  Like woodcuts, they require carving to build the plate, but the material is easier to use.  Many famous artist, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, used linocuts in their work. 

Still Life Under the Lamp - Pablo Picasso, 1962

Still Life Under the Lamp – Pablo Picasso, 1962

Linocut - Henri Matisse, 1941 - 1942

Linocut – Henri Matisse, 1941 – 1942

The artist can choose to do monochromatic prints, or multi-colored by building off of the original gouged lines.  The organic lines and use of negative space can help a linocut print draw the viewer into the artists intended world. The final result can be quite extraordinary! 

Florence Italy - Irving Amen

Florence Italy – Irving Amen

An artist works on plate for a linocut print.

An artist works on plate for a linocut print.

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  1. Beautiful!

    July 31, 2014

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