Landscapes, Japanese wood block & reduction linocut

Laura Boswell

From 27 June 2015
To 19 July 2015
Private view 26 June 2015 5 to 8pm

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There is nothing else I know that gives me the fierce joy I feel in creating a print and then the heady delight of selling it”

This exhibition of work by printmaker Laura Boswell demonstrates her fascination in the pattern, light, weather and seasonality of the rural landscape which acts as a perfect raw material for her as it is local, familiar and in a constant state of change.

Working from a brief, which she sets for herself or receives from a client, Laura Boswell sets out drawing and photographing before returing to the studio to stitch her sketches into the landscape for the prints. Using photographs to act as an aide memoire for shapes and relationships, Laura works using her sketches to pare back her designs so that they are as simple as possible, but still recognisable. Whilst she works with landscape, her real interest is in shape and colour – reality will always come second to a strong composition. Her colour palette for the prints has been developed through experience and reasearch and the freshness of the prints develops as one colour bounces off the next in as many layers as she feels are needed. She has a constant need to learn, adapt, progress, deliver and sell the work that she creates.

Laura Boswell’s work uses two distinct techniques, which are Japanese Wood Block and Reduction Linocut.

In the reduction linocut process there is a build up of layers and colours in the print using one piece of lino, so the edition is printed gradually and the picture builds up as the lino is cut away to create more layers of colour. Laura adds to this process by ‘free painting’ with small rollers and a mix of colours, this leads to an edition of prints all created from the same lino block, but varying in colours, so in reality each is a unique artwork in itself.

Japanese wood block is a technique rarely used in the UK, which Laura trained with master craftsmen (as opposed to artists) to learn in Japan. The master craftsmen have many decades of experience in one aspect of woodblock and Laura has used the knowledge she gained from them to create English landscapes with the sensibility of Japanese prints.

Laura Boswell has work in collections around the world, including the House of Lords and Nagasawa Art Park Collection Japan, and writes a regular column for Artist and Illustrators Magazine.

Private Woods edition of 15

Japanese Wood Block
72.5x44cm framed
£340.00 framed

Barrow Beach After the Rainstorm edition of 9

Reduction Linocut
778x49cm framed
£310.00 framed

Cherry Blossom edition of 19

Japanese Wood Block
44x60cm framed
£210.00 framed

Chiltern Seasons Autumn edition of 25

Japanese Wood Block
81x64cm framed
£575.00 framed

Chiltern Seasons Spring edition of 25

Japanese Wood Block
81x64cm framed
£575.00 framed

Chiltern Seasons Summer edition of 25

Japanese Wood Block
81x64cm framed
£575.00 framed

Chiltern Seasons Winter edition of 25

Japanese Wood Block
81x64cm framed
£575.00 framed

Small Trees, Big Sky edition of 11

Reduction Linocut
73x49cm framed
£310.00 framed

Buckingham Beeches edition of 10

Reduction Linocut
80x58cm framed
£360.00 framed

Buckingham Hills edition of 10

Reduction Linocut
80x58cm framed
£360.00 framed

Five Rooks, Honesty edition of 20

Japanese Woodblock
73x35cm framed
£270 framed

Five Jackdaws, Poppies edition of 20

Japanese Woodblock
73x35cm framed
£270.00 framed

Horse Chestnut edition of 20

Japanese Woodblock
95x56cm framed
£360.00 framed

Jim's Cornwall edition of 4

Reduction Linocut
57x76cm framed
£220.00 framed

One Tree, Four Seasons edition of 8

Reduction Linocut
55x64cm - 4 up in frame
£270.00 - 4 up in frame

Pines and Birches, Evening Light edition of 16

Japanese Woodblock
35.5x46cm framed
£180.00 framed

Reedbeds, Japan edition of 20

Japanese Woodblock
36.5x47.5cm framed
££200.00 framed

Sheep and Northern Hills edition of 9

Reduction Linocut
75x51cm framed
£360.00 framed

Single Tree edition of 20

Japanese Woodblock
95x56cm framed
£360.00 framed

Winter Cabbage edition of 14

Japanese Woodblock
36x46cm framed
£180.00 framed

Woods at Night edition of 20

Japanese Woodblock
95x56cm framed
£360.00 framed

South Downs Distant Hills, Autumn edition of 15

Japanese Woodblock
126x76cm framed
£1,050.00 framed

South Downs Ring of Trees, Summer edition of 15

Japanese Woodblock
126x76cm framed
£1,050.00 framed

Tennyson Down, Sunset edition of 20

Japanese Woodblock
120x76cm framed
£900.00 framed

Mountain Pine edition of 20

Japanese Woodblock
36x46cm framed
£180.00 framed

 

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