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"Bottle brush" Handcoloured Linocut.

Sorry this individual print is no longer available, but others in the edition may still be available soon.

A limited edition, hand coloured, handcut “Linocut Print” by Cam Knuckey, Melbourne Printmaker, Book and Garden Illustrator.

Cam studied Graphic Design at Swinburne before going on to Drawing and Printmaking at Prahran College (now VCA.)

Usually working accurately and slowly with fine ink and scraperboard techniques to produce “tightly, highly detailed” black and white Book and Newspaper Illustrations.

These flowing, colourful floral prints are a deliberate loosening up, a relaxing release from the rigidity of the fine line.
A thorough appreciation of Japanese “Sumi-e” Ink Painting and Wood Block Prints, combined with “Art Deco” and the history of Botanical Prints and Illustrations of all Cultures are evident in these works.
Also as the “Bottle brush” are Australian Native shrubs and small trees, a hint of Aboriginal influence may be evident, as we in Australia identify with it and the land.

To produce this image Cam draws numerous loose studies of plants and flowers, often drawn in the wild, analysing the character of the plant, in this case “Bottle brush (Callistemon viminalis)
These were picked from street trees, where they bobbed in the wind and later ones were grown in his home garden trimmed as a hedge.

Studies of this grouping are refined until the right stylized image is found, this in turn is sinuously hand cut with a scalpel and gouges, into a lino block.
This block is then inked up with a roller and the paper laid on it.
Pressure is applied by hand to the paper, to transfer the ink onto top quality soft white Water Colour Paper.

The finished prints are graded for quality, then Artist Quality Water Colours are applied in washes to achieve the shaded gradations, that sum up the vibrancy and feel of the uncountable filamentous stamens that make up the brush.

These are carefree washes, trying to capture spontaneous colour flows and mixes.
How these diluted colours are laid onto each other, determines how thay settle and dry, with an element of mystery to the final outcome that adds to the thrill.
(as you can see in some of the details, the colour often flows over onto the black ink, or doesn’t quite reach it, this is part of the technique of applying the paint quickly in a free and unlaboured movement.)
Retouching and total accuracy is not what is aimed for.
This particular ink outline usually helpfully repels the watercolour, but not always.)

Cam says, “It’s rather like having a colouring book of your own design.”

Having said that, this image is from a limited edition of 12, all the same, so a strict degree of control has to be introduced to maintain the uniformity of the edition.

This particular print is signed 8/12, which is rather arbitrary, simply meaning it was the 8th of 12 to be signed.

Signed lower right in graphite.

The image is actually “square” although it seems incredibly difficult to get a square photograph of it, so don’t be put off, mounting and framing won’t present any problems.
But do use “acid free” Matt boards . . speak to your framer about it.

As this block was printed in 1989, and most have sold through Galleries like the “Meat Market”
and the “Botanical Gardens Shop”, now only a few are still available.

Note, in Lino Cuts it is often the practice to print some of the background gouge marks to indicate its lino block origins, rather than a spotless white backgound.
In this case it implies the movement of the subject in the wind.

Remember all artworks on paper should be hung out of bright light, not only does it fade the colours but also can damage the paper itself, and dampness is to be avoided at all costs, too.

By the way, please remember the Artist retains the copyright on these images, and does not authorize their use.

Age: Hand printed in 1989.

Size: Image H 30 cm x W 30 cm, with a white paper border surrounding.

Weight: grams.