Saturday, 26 September 2015


 Picasso - Faunes et Chevre, 1959

I am a big fan of linocutting, and I really enjoyed this small but interesting survey of what was once a humble print medium. The lino cut print was originally used as a way to introduce children to relief printing, but the process was adopted by many artists as their chosen means of expression in printmaking. Much of this I have no doubt was due to the wonderful images produced by Pablo Picasso who used lino printing initially as a means to quickly and cheaply produce posters for exhibitions of his work in Vallauris, and also local bullfighting tournaments.

Picasso - L'Aubade, avec Femme Accoudee, 1959

Cyril Power - Speed Trial, 1932

Cyril Power was a member of the Grosvenor School of linocutters who created linocut prints as a means of producing affordable modern art for the general public. Grosvenor School prints were influenced by Italian Futurist artists and are expressive, and full of colour and movement. They are highly collectable and very expensive!

Sol Lewitt - (Untitled) Doctors of the World, 2001

I did not know that Sol Lewitt produced lino cut prints so this exhibition was enlightening. His love of colour was central to his work and is made clear in this print.

Fred Sandback - Untitled, 1975

Sandback's lino prints are very sparse and minimal to reflect the work of his spatial, linear sculptures.

Wayne Thiebaud - Sandwich, 1970

Wayne Thiebaud - Candy Counter, 1970

Thiebaud's prints like his paintings are fun and graphic in style.

Gary Hume - Paradise 4, 2012

I love this piece by Gary Hume. The scale is large and the colours are very seductive and calming.

Reece Jones - Does A One Legged Duck Swim In Circles? II, 2015

Reece Jones - Does A One Legged Duck Swim In Circles? 2015

I really liked the oddness of the images in these prints. I had not heard of Jones before and need to seek out more of his work.

Ray Richardson - Clobber, 2015

There are also print contributions from Peter Blake and his daughter Rose in this survey of the lino medium. I would have liked to see contributions from Edward Bawden who is renowned for the skill and inventiveness in his exceptional lino cut prints, and other contemporary prinmakers who use lino like Paul Catherall and Angie Lewin, in this show, but it wasn't meant to be a comprehensive survey of linocutting and nevertheless is a good exhibition that demonstrates the versatility of the lino-cut print.

until 3rd October
Paul Stolper
31 Museum Street