Interested in a print?
No, we’re not talking about reproduction prints. Don't be ridiculous. We’re referring to cutting designs into a linoleum sheet, which are then painted with a roller and pressed onto paper, aka, a cheeky little linocut.
Similar to woodcuts, linocuts are created by using different blocks to layer colour. But, if you come across an artist referring to their piece as ‘reductive’, it means they’ve used one piece of linoleum to add colour. The artist then cleans and cuts away the linoleum they don’t want to be imprinted. Confused? We are a little, too. Alas, it’s no easy feat creating a linocut.
Beginning in the early 20th century, linocuts were made popular by Picasso and Matisse. The medium is a little quirky, that’s for sure. But, considering the detail and effort that goes into each piece, they are well worth their printing cred.