Royal Mail: V1

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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.

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