In 2015 I entered two works for the Royal Academy Of Art Summer Exhibition, ‘The Conductor’ and ‘The Bird Catcher’, which were both shortlisted. ‘The Conductor’ was selected but not hung, how cruel is that?
Both linocut prints were displayed in the Salon des Refusés over the weekend of the 12-14th June 2015.
“The Bird Catcher” polled the highest number of public votes and won the prize for best artwork in the exhibition, see the Salon des Refusés 2015
The Birdcatcher is currently gracing the cover of a newly published book from Karnac: ‘Making Room for Madness’ by Marcus Evans. Do buy it, mostly for the cover but the stuff inside is really quite good too.
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?
Billie Josef Recommendations!
I recommend taking a look at the work of Shaun Tan, Sybil Andrews and Richard Bawden, very different styles but fantastic stuff. I have fallen in love with the work of Frans Masereel since being given a copy of his book The Sun, The Idea and Story Without Words.
Etchings are also appealing (only partly so that I can invite people to ‘come up and see my etchings’) and plan to try it despite friends and colleagues expressing concerns about my having access to an acid bath.