I recently stumbled across a short piece about the UK artist, Dan Howden in Creative Boom and immediately recognized his work from Instagram. Dan makes wonderfully detailed, multi-color linocut prints using the jigsaw technique. He’s done some prints in the last couple years, many of them with architectural themes, that are breathtaking in their complexity. In January, he had a profile in It’s Nice That where he talked in greater depth about his creative process and the future direction of his work. The articles have nice galleries of his prints to check out and you can follow him on Instagram.
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.