Moorhen among Dog Roses by Laura Boswell (Limited Edition Reduction Linocut Print)
The beautiful pink tipped dogroses, created as part of this reduction linocut, offset the black of the broody moorhen with her chicks on the still waters of the canal
Limited edition original reduction linocut, hand printed. Edition of 5, signed by the artist.
Framed 41 x 70 cm.
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Exhibition at Lombard Street Gallery: 27 June to 19 July 2015 Landscapes, Japanese wood block & reduction linocut
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Artist printmaker Laura Boswell was recently commissioned to produce vitreous enamel panels for the Gyosei Art Trail, which runs alongside the Grand Union Canal and describes the process... ‘For this project I had the Japanese legacy, the slip-slop of canal water and local birdlife to inspire me, balanced with working out how to get full colour images plus Japanese poems onto enamel, then onto the side of a bridge’
To create the panels, she visualised the entire project from sketchbook to bridge wall, before setting her designs down as sketches on paper for approval. Research led her to an accurate progressive seasonal theme for both birds and plants, whilst her own use of space and aesthetic has been reflected in the pictures. Finding a company that used modern technology to print enamel as a transfer for placing onto the metal panels for firing meant that the designs could be more complex than using a handpainted method and linocut was chosen over Japanese woodblock for the more graphic strength of quality, whilst reflecting the style of a British transport poster.
The attractive enamel panels, complete with Japanese poems, are now installed beside the Grand Union Canal as part of the Gyosei Art Trail from H3 Monks Way to H5 Portway in the Parish Council of Great Linford.
Laura has also produced a set of stunning reduction linocut prints from the original blocks, which are available from Lombard Street Gallery.