Royal Mail: V2 Top Prize Winner at the RBSA Print Biennial

I’m Extremely happy to blog post this time as yesterday evening I received a telephone call from the Royal Birmingham Society of the Arts of which I have two diptychs on display for the print biennial.

The Phone call was from the curator of the exhibition and he cut straight to the point that Nancy Campbell (Editor of Printmaking today) has chosen My two piece Royal Mail:V2 to be awarded top prize for the Print Biennial. Naturally I’m extremely honoured and delighted about this and when asked if I would be attending the award ceremony I was already booking the B&B for a little holiday in Birmingham.

Royal Mail V2LR

If you are in Birmingham do pop down to see the print Biennial and also from the RBSA there is a sculpture trail going on.

More info at this Link   RBSA Print Biennial.

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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, 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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Peter Reddick Bursary Update.

Ok so I have now added some of the work I have been making at spike studio for the first part of my bursary. I have been developing my practice using wood cut reduction and multi block reduction relief work. I am pleased with the results so far and I’m now taking the combined multi block reduction method into development. I have prepared a block with interchangeable sections and have also started experimenting with found objects and blocks working towards a less contained more free form of relief printing. So far it’s been ace to work at Spike Print studio and the facilities, staff and members there are really great! You can click the picture to see the rest of the new work or go to the relief printing tab.


Arnos Vale Angel

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Blink And You’ll Miss It

Following the solo show of my Modern Icon prints at South Hill Park arts centre, the work will be returning to Bristol for a pop-up exhibition at the island art space, nelson st, Bristol. The show will open on the 23rd November at 6:00 and be open for the weekend only. There will also be printed items such as Bags, T-towels, and xmas Stockings at the Cube cinema Christmas Market on the 25th.

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Hong Kong, International Student Print Exchange: HKOP

I was recently invited over to be a guest speaker and give a demo at the International Student Print Exchange by the lovely people at the Hong Kong Open Printshop. Whilst there I delivered a Photo Etching Demonstration and gave a talk about my work and the developments of the Print department at UWE.  I also run a day of mono printing methods at the Island school.

The HKOP organised the Hong Kong Graphic arts fiesta which Exhibited a large selection of printed works by students from across the globe together in  the Sha TIn town hall. The Exhibition was a real eye opener with an amazing amount of very high quality work. Along side the exhibition where a number of Demonstrations and Presentations including a lithography and reduction relief workshop. to see the exhibition go to virtual Exhibition, It’s great!

And for some photos, Mostly of my wandering about click the picture below, or go to the tab.

HKOP Graphic arts Fiesta Video

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The Diptych Project is a collaboration between selected MA print artists and artists associated with Spike Print studio in Bristol. The diptych is a piece of art made up of two parts like a triptych but with only two parts to complete it. They have often been associated as a traveling altar and in many cases will have a hinge in the middle so they can close like a book.

The choice of artists was drawn out of a hat and I am working with the very talented Maxine Relton, Spike Print associate and RWA affiliate. We have decided to creatively destroy and adapt each others work using the postal service we have started to send eight small pieces back and forth and working on top of what the other has added.

We are working with themes of history and transformation as we both had a common interest in the way narrative can be held in a wall through the effect of time and the continuation of  applied surfaces and destroyed surface. That every space has a life, and story of it’s own.

The pieces are small however, at each stage we are scanning them in at a very high resolution and the final work will be enlarged with the use of high quality ink jet printer. These will be editioned in either digital or hand printed methods.

The Project is very exiting and has been a great chance to experiment with collage and printing and all finished work will be exhibited at Spike Island in December. Keep an eye out on these posts and see how the work develops and changes on the lead up to it’s deadline.


First Success for One plate reduction/Addition Method in Etching!

This is my first successful multi coloured reduction method print for copper plate etching. All the colours in this print where produced using one plate only, by adding and taking away to the surface of the plate. Inspired by the amazing printer Yuji Hiratsuka, I have been trying to learn this technique for a couple of months and this is the first time it has worked so I’m quite happy. The image is from a series of spontanious water colours I did in tiny books that i’d made and I have only used Aquatint and dry point so I can focus on the layering of colour there are more tones and colours than the ones seen in the photo. This method of printing is very time consuming but offers an array of colour  possibilities especially  when combined with Cine-Colle.  One Plate colour etching, 2011


Welcome to post one!

Two plate colour etching, 2010

Ghosts of Ambition 2, two plate colour etching, 2010

Hi There,

Thank you for coming to my new site all about printmaking. I will be adding new work as it is completed and also offering printmaking advice and help if needed. My Specialities are Etching, Relief and Screen printing. I love the science and the results in printmaking but understand it is a life time of possible experiments so would love to share some of my ideas and results with other printmaking artists as this is a great way we can all develop. Print making connects art and public, its history has produced, documented and corrupted our society but without it how could we have history, purely as a Memory?  the invention of print was through the desire to invent, record then communicate. This is still prevalent in many art practices but where does print stand in contemporary culture? Digital Craft or contemporary traditions? There are many reasons why a print artist is drawn to print or even why a performance artist would be drawn to printing. What it means and the Methodologies you apply. I think it’s all great and would love to stay up to date with other  printmakers along with all sorts of artists and creative minds.

JJ Lynch.

Ghosts of ambition 3, blind emboss, 2010

Light Shock, Reduction Lino,2010

Berlin, open bite photo etching.

Red Cross, two plate colour etching, 2010

Here are some of my most recent little etchings and relief work, they are all bound together into a book seen below full of experiments and tests.

Light Shock is a reduction print all the colour on this print was produced by the use of only one block. it is a test for a much larger piece  I am working on at the moment. As with all reduction/addition printing it is a long process but full of surprises and findings. I am also currently figuring out the 4 colour seperation technique using reduction and addition methods to create highly coloured etchings.

I would love to share my ideas with other printmakers and artists and for people to share there findings and question right here on on this blog.

Love John