"Protea X" is an original, limited edition reduction linocut, featuring a pinky-red protea against a mint background.
I took a photo of this protea in a neighbour's garden when I was out on a walk, getting my exercise during COVID-19 lockdown here in Melbourne. Shortly after I took the photo, I walked past the same house and the flower had disappeared (I fear it was stolen!), so I thought I'd better immortalise it in print!
This is a reduction linocut, which means thatthe same piece of lino was carved 9 times in a row and printed each time with a different colour, to produce the final image. As a result, each print has been hand-rolled through the printing press at least 9 times - and most have been through a lot more than that, as I was trying to perfect the colour combinations.
There are 2 prints in this particular colour scheme, and there are 20 Protea reduction prints in total (in 5 colour schemes). While Protea X looks very similar to Protea III (ie pinky-red flower and mint background), these 2 prints were actually printed the wrong way around at one stage in the process, which led to the flower centre being green and pink instead of just pink and the petal tips being green, not white (see close-up). It wasn't meant to happen, but I quite like it! That's why I have editioned these ones as "X", as they were printed cross-ways!
**PLEASE NOTE - FRAME NOT INCLUDED** (the photo of the framed image is included to show you how the print looks framed!)
You can see the development of the Protea prints on my Instagram page (see link below right).
Image size: 17cm wide x 17cm high
Paper size: Approximately 23cm x 23cm (there are some minor individual differences, as the paper for each print is hand-torn and some pieces have a deckled lower edge)
Edition: Edition of 2, each signed and numbered in pencil. My printmaking “chop” appears in pencil on the right of my signature.
Paper: Velin Arches Blanc 300gsm (a beautiful, high quality, 100% cotton printmaking paper)
How are reduction linocuts created?
If you are interested in how these prints are created, I have described the print process for my "Little Creatures - Squirrel" reduction linocut, here. You can also see photos of the development of this print on my Instagram page (link below in website footer).
- Each print is produced by hand, and has passed through the printing press multiple times to create the final image. As a result, all prints within an edition vary slightly from each other, with these small variations making each individual print unique.
- The colours of the print may also vary slightly from what you see on the screen (as computer monitors may display colours differently)
- As the artist, I retain copyright in all works I produce. Copyright does not transfer upon sale.