Linocut prints by Billie Josef
I’m a linocut artist who lives and works in North London. I create prints from the urban environments we live in and love buildings, plants and animals.
I have exhibited my work at the Tavistock Centre in 2016, the Salon de Refusés in 2015 and in the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition in 2018.
“Safe on the Nest” came from when I noticed a blackbird’s nest in a nearby shrub. With all the cats around where I live, I wondered how well they would survive. So I made a print of them in an uncertain place.
As with all my prints, it’s printed on archival ink on acid-free art paper for a long-lasting print for you to enjoy.
My latest work is pictured above, Notre Dame with the fire behind it, the tragic destruction of part of one of the world’s great cathedrals.
It’s easy to imagine, as I did, that linocutting is a cheap art form. It’s just lino. In extremis couldn’t I just rip up a bit of the bathroom floor? But no, it turns out you need a lot of it and there are all manner of tempting accessories. Who doesn’t need Swiss made cutting tools and a Japanese whetstone?