Sunday, March 01, 2009

Art Blogging: Spotlight on Linocuts

Today, I was in the mood to look at some linocuts. This was my own preferred medium back in high school when I was doing artwork of my own. In fact, in this, my post-Christian life, I now have enough time that I could seriously consider purchasing some supplies and getting back into the art habit.

I think that I like linography because of its sharp lines and contrasts of form and color. Linocuts are alive in a startling way.


Speedway, Sybil Andrews, 1934.

Reading, Fliss Watts, 2004.

Boethia, Eunice Agar.

5 comments:

Mark said...

John, you are describing yourself as "post Christian" now. Can you clarify what that means for you? I apologize if you have explained this, but I haven't been keeping up with blogging lately.

Dan Trabue said...

How are "linocuts" different than woodcuts? Forgive my art ignorance.

I'm sorta guessing it's just a different material than wood (linoleum??) but still the same process?

John said...

Hi Mark.

Read here, here, here, and here. And then e-mail me if you have more questions.

Dan -- yes, it's linoleum, which is a bit more pliable than wood. And as its structure is uniform, there's no problem with grain.

Otherwise, the printmaking process is the same.

Tom Jackson said...

There's a good Library of Congress woodcut exhibition here.

It looks like a neat form, but I'd have to learn to draw first.

Fliss said...

Hello - just wanted to say thanks for featuring one of my linocuts (Reading)- it's good to know that one's webspace is visited by real people sometimes.