Lino cuts are one of the simplest printing media, but astonishingly versatile. Here are some examples:
Sally Heinrich, an Adelaide artist, hand colours her lino cuts, and on this occasion they are also illustrations for a children’s book with a powerful message.
Lynette Weir uses the same technique, but she focuses on floral motifs.
Rachel Newling combines botanical studies with birdlife, producing spectacular results.
Back in my home state again, Christine McCarthy is another very talented South Australian printmaker. I particularly like the way she plays with other artists’ images:
Gail Kellett shows an astonishing sense of design in her studies of landscapes and farm machinery.
But although I love the vibrant colours in these prints, I also love pure black and white.
These prints are all skilfully carved, and take many hours to complete.
However, equally stunning work can be produced in a much shorter time, as these prints by Matisse demonstrate:
Another thoughtful and original South Australian artist, Lloma Mackenzie, uses black and white – and grey – to great effect in this print, a comment on communicating in sign language:
By chance, all these Australian artists happen to be female! Let me redress the balance with a picture by one of my favourite Torres Strait Islander artists, Michael Nona.
Whatever your personal drawing style, lino cuts can be adapted to what you want to do. If you would like to have a go at this eternally popular medium, check out my printmaking classes page for upcoming workshops and classes.