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Laura Boswell

Discover limited edition prints by contemporary artist Laura Boswell online and in Wychwood Art Gallery in Oxfordshire. Laura Boswell is a landscape printmaker working exclusively with linocut and traditional Japanese woodblock. She has a degree in Art History/Visual Art from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and has recently been elected to the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. She undertook two residencies to train in Japan, studying woodblock printmaking with master craftsmen, and her work often looks to Japan in its use of white space and minimal approach. Laura shares the Japanese appreciation of rigorous training; her work often displays impulsive line and brushwork, requiring meticulous cutting and printing to give the impression of fluid spontaneity. Laura will be attending a further Japanese residency in 2019. In addition to her printmaking, Laura teaches, writes a column for Artists and Illustrators Magazine and works on the occasional public art project. Her prints feature in national collections including the House of Lords and the Library of Wales. Laura Boswell comments: "My primary interest in creating prints is to work with shape and colour. My subject matter is the rural landscape around me and, while I make observational drawings and photograph in the landscape, the design drawings that result in prints are very much my own creation in the studio. I am not particularly interested in producing an accurate reproduction of a specific site. I prefer to try and evoke a sense of place that is less about geography and more about mood and my chief ambition is provide enough space and ambiguity for the viewer to make the landscape their own. It is for that reason that I try never to add buildings or figures to work: preferring to leave the print empty ready for the viewer. Unless I am working on a public art project, I work only in linocut or Japanese watercolour woodblock. I constantly strive to push these two processes in new directions, always manipulating the techniques to suit the images I intend to create rather than fitting my ideas into the demands of the print process. My two residencies in Japan to study the traditional methods of Edo Period Japanese woodblock printmaking have had a profound effect on my work, both visually and in disciplining my approach to printmaking. I am currently experimenting in linocut with many layered prints using transparent colours to catch a more immediate and painterly feel. I am also working on a small series of entirely traditional Japanese prints, cut into cherry, cutting a fine detail line or key block and producing the blocks and prints exclusively by Edo period methods." To discuss any of Laura Boswell's prints, please contact deborah@wychwoodart.com or call 01869 338155 / 07799 535765.