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Near Applecross, Storm Highlands
Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock
Edition of 1
Sheet Size: H 23cm x W 61cm
Image Size: H 17cm x W 57cm
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Near Applecross, Storm Highlands is a limited edition Japanese woodblock print by Laura Boswell. It depicts a scenic panoramic landscape.
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.
Size: H:23 cm x W:61 cm