LIVING CORAM DEO
Monday, 20 November, 2017

Fascinating Woodcut Landscape

1OverlookThis amazing woodcarving by Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth took them two years to complete. Having done some leather tooling in my younger days, leather being a softer media then wood, I certainly appreciate the level of meticulous attention and skill required to produce this piece of intricate artistry. Overlook, a strikingly elaborate woodcut, is the name of this beautiful, almost dimensional scenic microcosmic representation of a habitat saturated with pine-speckled mountains, undulating hills with pastured fields and plantations, and afforested by a rich variety of tree species.

2tugboatprintshop_colorwoodcutTo create Overlook, the artists first drew the design in low relief on blocks of ¾” birch plywood, then using small knives and chisels to carve into the surface of the 28″ x 46″ block. After the key detail is finished, they will carve an additional 3 to 4 color blocks. Once carved, blocks are rolled up with ink and printed onto archival paper to create the finished artworks. Their prints are all published with top-shelf oil-based inks onto fine papers in limited edition runs. The final product will be a vibrant work of art with staggering detail, breadth, and colours.

3tugboatprintshop_paulandvaleriePaul and Lueth co-manage Tugboat Printshop, based in Pittsburgh. It’s their hope that their woodcuts will provide pleasure while also inspiring new ways of thinking about our world.

 

 

 

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