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Icon Print in Auction for Syria Children’s Relief Fund, At the Farm pub in St Werburgs, Bristol

My  Framed Icon Print completed for my final MA show ,Modern Icons, is now up for grabs at the auction to raise money for  Syria children fund. This is a great opportunity to buy this rare print (in edition of only 6) and all the money will go to helping support children living in the Syrian crisis. There are also other pieces of work by Bristol artists Emma Caton, Rowdy, Andy Council and many others. The final closing date for the auction is the 5th December.

If you can get down to the Farm pub in St Werburgs, Bristol you’ll be able to not only grab a piece of art at a great price but also make a possitive difference to the lives of Children in Syria.

Edition of 7


Icon: Lin0 Cut, Digital print and Flock Velvet. ed6


Print Shop Interview

Read about me and my work here in the interview I completed for The Print Shop.




drawing and collage, exhibitions, multi media printmaking, News, Printmaking

Royal Mail: V1


I’ve been developing my woodcut methods whilst under the Peter Reddick Bursary at Spike Print Studio and have recently spent quite a lot of time on Royal Mail:V1 it is a four colour separation woodblock print in which I used four blocks, Black, Yellow, Blue, and Red to create all the colours. I used Kento registration to get really good accuracy. The piece of work is inspired by a postcard of East Berlin from the 1950’s in which a new Utopian dream is offered, However in Royal Mail, the image is offered in similar colours but it shows the concrete skeleton of the former Royal Mail centre behind Temple meads train station in Bristol, The building stands in a perpetual state of limbo and has done since I’ve lived in Bristol. Too much to knock down and Too much to renovate and utterly useless beyond it’s own iconic presence.

The Print is a departure from reduction cuts and is the beginning of a new body of woodcut works depicting a kind of poetry in concrete, I’ve given the body the rather tacky title of Concrete Emotions, which a friend of mine told me sounds like a 90s Soft Metal band. I found this rather amusing, Look out for more 4 colour wood block prints from me coming in good time.

This print will be for sale in the final volume of The Print Shop in Bristol, so if you’d like to see it up close thats where it is. If you would like to order one please email me at johnjosephlynch@hotmail.com, the print is a very limited edition of 10, and I will be creating some different variation editions. The V1 stands for Version 1.


The Print Shop- Unit 6 Quakers Friars- Bristol city Centre.

I’ve been really busy over the last 4 months starting and helping to co-ordinate The Print Shop, which is a pop up shop entirely dedicated to the selling and teaching of prints made by two studios Spike Print Studio, Whom I have represented and Drawn In Bristol.

We decided to embark on a 6 month Collaborative pop up shop in the city centre of Bristol which would sell only hand printed artifacts and also teach and share the methods of printmaking in order to raise the profile of print and awareness to the many artists in the local area utilising print as a means to create their art work. There have now been over 8 workshops, 4 volumes each with a new turn around of over 20 artists and 4 well established guest artists appearing on our feature wall, we are now in the final volume of the term and will be closing the shop at the end of the festive season.

I’d just like to put out some of my personal highlights of working as part of the management for the shop and hopefully those of you reading this will pop down to check out the final volume as it really is the cream of the crop and has been curated by myself, Kerry Day, Dave Bain and Dawn Cooper, who are the mighty admin/creative team running the show.


From Left To Right: Dave Bain, John Lynch, Bryony Morgan,Carys Ink, Kerry Day.

On with the highlights:

1: The Feature Guest artists- We have had some amazing work appear on our guest feature wall during the shop. The artists that have exhibited in this space are Yuji Hiratsuka, Irena Czapska and Tom Sowden ( Collaboration), John Kilburn and currently Pete Williams. The guests have all been of a really high standard and have each had a very unique take on printmaking. From Hiratsuka’s Beautiful coloured etchings telling their stories, teasing the viewer and baffling the printmakers to Pete Williams monumental medallion to a run to anywhere in time. I’ve been really enjoying the role of co-ordinating most of these with the exception of John Kilburn who was invited by Drawn in Bristol and it’s been great to exhibit such respected artists. ‘


Futago Kannon: Twin Goddess of Mercy- Yuji Hiratsuka- Four Colour Etching.

We also had a great evening when we managed to arrange a live link up all the way to Oregon county where Yuji and the Print Shop skype called and I lead an interview with the artist which was followed by a Q&A session. A great evening was had by all.

We’ll be hosting another artist talk on the 21st November from 7:30 with Pete Williams their are limited places so email printshopbristol@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

2: Elaine Cooper: Washi Artist.

We were really fortunate to have Elaine Cooper involved in the early stage of the shop: her research into the art of Japanese paper making has lead her to study under a Japanese master for the last ten years living between England and Japan, we were lucky enough to have her deliver a range of paper making workshops in the Print Shop.

3: Hanging the work into the small hours.

With the turn around of over 60 different local artists 4 times in total, time has alway been pretty tight and I’ve really enjoyed going slightly mad with Dave and Fran whilst hanging all the work through the night always the day before the next launch.

4: All the Artists.

It’s really hard to mention the amount of print and great printed objects that have been through the shop so the best thing to do is go to the blogg page and look at all the great interviews.

5: Using the Studio space.

Over the duration of the shop so far I have been working on my brand new woodcut, Royal Mail: V1 it’s been great to use the studio space in the shop and talk to people about what I’m working on and why. This print has taken me about 3 months to get right.

6: The monthly team meetings.

We’ve had a great team in the Admin department all with a load of creative drive and great ideas, and its been a really good experience working and contributing to the project.

There are really so many more great factors of the print shop but the thing to do is get down there before we close if you can and have a look at all the great work, go to the blog to check out who’s there and what events are happening this month, and help us to look after our studio by buying something whilst you’re there.