The Crossing

A two block plywood wood cut hand burnished on Japanese Tosa Washi 28 gsm printing paper with Caligo Safe Wash Ink.

This print has been selected for the Southampton City Art Gallery Open Exhibition 2020 – In Search of a New World (launched 15 August 2020 online) along with my print ‘Downwind off Cape Cod‘.

This seascape tries to capture the reflected light and movement of the waves and brings back memories of countless Channel crossings sailing to the Channel Islands, Brittany or Normandy for our summer holidays. The variation in colour of the sky and sea is achieved using an adaptation of the technique called ‘bokashi‘, made famous by the 19th century Japanese woodblock artist Katsushika Hokusai in his Ukiyo-e print ‘The Great Wave’and ‘South Wind, Clear Sky (Red Fuji)‘. As each print is individually inked up there are slight variations in the colour rendering between prints.

The wood cut was created on a course with the wood block printmakers Merlyn Chesterman and Rod Nelson at West Dean College, near Chichester, West Sussex, in 2017. However difficulties in finding a press large enough to edition lead me to choose a light but strong Japanese washi paper and hand burnish each block. This was is a very time consuming process made even more challenging due to the need to get an accurate registration. Having experimented with different ways I found placing the block down on top of the initial block print worked well.

Edition: 10 (only 4 remaining)

Image size: 600 x 223 mm

Paper size: 630 x 270 mm

Unframed: £100.00