This is a thoughtful video that surveys the life and legacy of the influential printmaker, Sybil Andrews (1898-1992). She was born in England and worked at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art where she learned the art of linocut from Claude Flight in the 1920’s. She moved to Canada in 1947.
I’ve been delving into the history of linocut and have a stack of books from the 1920’s and 1930’s on my desk. I can’t get this quote out of my head as I sit in front of an uncut block of lino contemplating my next project.
THE art of designing, cutting and printing linoleum blocks is easily mastered. No special skill is required, no long course of study is involved, and no material investment is needed for equipment. The primary requisites are good eyesight, a steady hand, and patience. (Yeaton 11)
Source: Yeaton, L. B. (1931). Linoleum block printing for the amateur. New York: Yeaton Press. This book is in the public domain.
It seems fitting that the first post of The Linocut is about Edward Bawden (1903-1989), who is one of my favorite printmakers of all time. His large, two-block lino print, Brighton Pier, is magnificent. In 2017, Art UK did a nice little write-up about the piece and I was able to glean some interesting new details about Bawden’s linocut process. It’s worth a quick read. One favorite tidbit was how Bawden’s linocut design evolved during the planning stages.
You can see the framed print up on a gallery wall at the six second mark in this video - I would have loved to have gone to this recent exhibition! I might note that The Higgins Bedford in the UK has an Edward Bawden exhibition up until January 26th, 2020.