by John Pedder.
Woodcut print on 300g Somerset velvet paper, available unframed.
Dimensions: 57 x 57 cm. Limited edition of 100.
About the artist: Woodcut printing slows me down, allowing me to invest more of myself in apparently simple marks. I have a need to bring craft skills into any work I embark upon and printmaking, and more specifically woodcut printmaking affords me the opportunity to bring the intense physicality of this medium and inject it into my work. I’ve spent most of my life avoiding the sophistication that experience and refined craft skills will inevitably bring, using them instead to constantly distil my images. My main motive is the basic need to create. The subject matter tends to deal with the nobility of life: finding the honour and goodness in a person, a deed, a situation, coupled with with a large helping of humour, then hopefully you have what you see before you, an aesthetic journey using craft skills and design to try to make sense of an increasingly bewildering world. Sophistication is all well and good but in the primitive you will find the real truth.
This work is shown at Atelier Beside the Sea as part of the Atelier OPEN 2023 exhibition.