Linocut Prints

The linocut art that I produce often has a nature theme based on my Australian wildlife drawings, Australian landscape drawings, and native flowers drawings and photos. I have collaborated with a number of West Australian photographers to reinterpret their work as a linocut art print.

Although linoleum is a floor covering that dates to the 1860s, the linocut printing technique was used first by the artists of Die Brücke in Germany between 1905 and 1913, where it had been similarly used for wallpaper printing. In 1939 Pablo Picasso brought it to the forefront and made linocut printing an acceptable art form.

My linocut art for sale is produced in a variety of ways – as black and white lino prints, linocut prints hand coloured with inks, or placing the linocut on interesting coloured backgrounds.

Linocut art prints are similar to woodcut prints in that they both rely on creating the image by cutting away the areas that are not wanted. This is called ‘relief printing’. What remains gets inked and printed. Unlike wood, linoleum is inexpensive and more pliable, meaning it takes much less effort to carve than wood. The soft material also allows for multiple methods of carving and holds up well for delicate details.

There are many famous printmaking artists that you would have heard of such as Australia’s Margaret Preston and Ethel Spowers, and contemporary printmaking artists such as Rachael Newling. Even David Bowie produced them!