Resting Beneath a Mountain

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woodcut

h: 75 w: 110 (cms).

Woodcut from a piece of elm.  Hand printed individually onto japanese paper (kozo or similar), through burnishing with a wooden spoon.

The image here came easily, with the roughness in the grain allowing for an open sky with little additional cutting.  Where the grain is denser, towards the base, I was able to draw the figure with more detail,and wanted her to be a homogenous colour.  Is she asleep?  Is she dead, entombed by the mountain? 

Please note that each print will vary slightly in colouring.

£850
£690 (Unframed)

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Two Figures Above the Waves

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woodcut

h: 70 w: 120 (cms).

Woodcut from a piece of oak.  Hand printed individually onto japanese paper (kozo or similar), through burnishing with a wooden spoon.

I am drawn to depicting figures close to life size when possible.  Horizontally, this block allowed me to do this (more or less!) and at the same time suggested water, which is one of my recurrent themes.  They are travelling.  The water, or the waves, are suggested, but they are not in danger, even if one cannot make out the boat very well.  They are looking towards their goal with interest or curiosity, but I do not think that fear is there.

Please note that each print will vary slightly in colouring.

£790
£560 (Unframed)

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Rescue

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woodcut

h: 85 w: 88 (cms).

This was inspired by the wood grain itself, which runs so much like water.  It's a slightly warped piece of elm,not that this matters when printing from it!  The figure at the base came immediately, with the features of her face standing out.  Her rescuers have approached by boat and are stretching out their hands, and by chance the hole in the block (which is the blank circle) might seem like the moon, shining on the water.  I had originally entitle the print 'Drowning woman', but after various tsunamis and floods I wished it to have a more positive title!

Please note that each print has variations in the inking, so there will be slight variations in the colouring.

£850
£690 (Unframed)

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