Dozens of Cut Layers Form Vibrant Linocut Prints of Cats and Bouquets by Vanessa Lubach

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#cats #flowers #linocuts #printmaking

June 13, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Healing with geraniums.” All images © Vanessa Lubach, shared with permission

Norfolk-based artist Vanessa Lubach compares her printmaking to that of oil painting and draws on the latter to inform her lively compositions. “I linocut like a painter and paint like a linocutter, and the two disciplines work together to inform and empower each other,” she tells Colossal. Whether depicting bunches of dahlias and cosmos in a ceramic jug or an enchanting forest landscape, Lubach’s works focus on quiet moments in domestic interiors or in nature.

Each piece starts with a sketch and a general idea of ​​the palette. “I’m always optimistic that I can limit the color layers to about a dozen at the moment, but that hardly ever happens. They almost always end up in the 1920s,” she says. After drawing and cutting the main image or key block, she prints the composition and transfers it to additional blocks designed for each individual color. Some pieces, such as the ceremonial ‘Allotment Bouquet’, take almost a year to complete.

Two of Lubach’s works are included in the Society of Wood Engravers’ traveling 84th annual exhibition, on display at Sea Pictures Gallery in Suffolk through July 9. She also has a variety of prints available on Etsy and shares many more of her process and a look at her studio on Instagram. (through women’s art

Dozens of Cut Layers Form Vibrant Linocut Prints of Cats and Bouquets by Vanessa Lubach

“Hector with Dahlias”

Dozens of Cut Layers Form Vibrant Linocut Prints of Cats and Bouquets by Vanessa Lubach

“Hector with Dahlias”

Dozens of Cut Layers Form Vibrant Linocut Prints of Cats and Bouquets by Vanessa Lubach

“Hector with Dahlias”

Dozens of Cut Layers Form Vibrant Linocut Prints of Cats and Bouquets by Vanessa Lubach

“card bouquet”

Dozens of Cut Layers Form Vibrant Linocut Prints of Cats and Bouquets by Vanessa Lubach

“card bouquet”

Dozens of Cut Layers Form Vibrant Linocut Prints of Cats and Bouquets by Vanessa Lubach

“Look Through the Trees”

Dozens of Cut Layers Form Vibrant Linocut Prints of Cats and Bouquets by Vanessa Lubach

“Look Through the Trees”

Dozens of Cut Layers Form Vibrant Linocut Prints of Cats and Bouquets by Vanessa Lubach

“Dahlia and cosmos”

#cats #flowers #linocuts #printmaking

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