Maker's Details - Richard Shimell

Original linocuts of trees and landscapes plus handmade books.

Category: Printmaking
I'm drawn to landscapes and complexity, and trees in particular. I make most of my prints by carving pieces of vinyl flooring to leave an image in relief. I choose this material because it is harder than lino, so allows for finer details. I begin by sketching and taking photographs. I then draw directly on to the vinyl in soft pencil.
Each plate takes weeks to carve. I use lino-cutting tools, and sometimes wood-engraving tools to make tiny positive marks. I usually make a second plate which is left intact to make a solid sky. I use a lot of blended rolls of colour in my work, especially in the backgrounds, and print the plates carefully one on top of the other on the paper to build up the image.


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