"The artist at work" (2016)
Linocut by Catriona Black


  • Linocut, Paper
  • From a limited edition of 20
  • Size: 8.27 × 11.69 in (unframed) / 6.69 × 4.84 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered on the front

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Catriona Black


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Artist's description:

I found a photograph in the Amsterdam city archives of a welder working on the RAI building in 1968. I knew the depth and abstraction of the structure would make a fantastic subject for a lino print, and was particularly taken by the fact that a human being played a key role in this Escher-like grid of timbers and beams.

It took me six hours of painstaking cutting to get the lino ready to print, and in that time I began to identify strongly with the welder. There he is, focussing intently on his one detail of the construction, totally solitary, just as I was. By the time I'd finished cutting, I knew this wasn't about the RAI any more, and decided to call it "The artist at work". I wish I knew who he was, but with his back turned and his face masked, maybe he is me, or you.

You can read more about my thoughts on this print here: http://www.catrionablack.com/the-lamp-of-sacrifice-will-make-you-whole/

This is an original, handmade linoblock print, made in a small edition of 20, which means that yours will be one of very few in the world, something special to cherish.

I take great care to ensure that my prints will last for a long time. I use only acid-free paper, printed with environmentally friendly Caligo safewash relief printing ink. The image itself is 17x12.3 cm, not including title and signature. Each print is signed along with its limited edition number (one of only 20 in existence). There may be some inky finger prints around the edges of the paper, but this won't show when you frame it, and is proof of its handmade status!

Images are copyright Black Prints. Copyright is non-transferable with purchase.

Materials used:

environmentally friendly Caligo safewash ink