'I find linocut to be rewardingly straightforward and I love the fact that it is so low tech - especially if printed by hand'

- Eileen Cooper RA

 

Linocut is a relief printmaking process similar to woodcut, but using a sheet of linoleum, which is softer and easier to carve. The areas around the design are cut away, leaving the image in relief. The raised surface area is then inked and paper laid on top. The image is transferred onto the paper by rubbing with a spoon or similar tool, or by running through a press.

 

Although the German artists of Die Brücke experimented briefly with linocut in the first decade of the twentieth century, the medium rose to prominence with the British Grosvenor School of artists in the 1920s and 1930s. The industrial nature of the material chimed with their mission to make art available to all and their rich mutlicolour linocuts depict the elegant lines and sleek movements of modernity.