In my collection of printed portraits I attempt to create complex, highly detailed linocut carvings with just enough gritty attractiveness to awaken even the quietest of viewing eyes.
The many undisclosed cultural backgrounds provide a sense of illusory context; each portrait remains a statement of a name unknown with only facial presence. A hint at the rough texture of skin and bones adds to the overall sense of a life hard lived, where figures with arms and hands speak in a softening gesture.
Recently, I have found myself focusing my attention on the hands alone. This disjuncture of limbs formulates more of a mystery to my subjects while still retaining the interlinking narrative of life lived, travel and identity. Whilst my series of ‘Man’ prints are ever evolving, this is a softer narrative. In the near future I plan to create a series which will feature hands forming each symbol of the Auslan Sign Language Alphabet framed under the guise of portraiture.
This series is a little more commercially appealing, featuring actors or movie characters with a well known quote.
These are original drawings which have been scanned as high resolution digital images and printed as Giclée Prints.
The word Giclée ("g-clay"), is used to describe a fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with high quality archival quality paper to achieve Giclée prints of superior archival quality, light fastness and stability.