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By Alexandra Buckle


Limited edition reduction lino prints



Kinkakuji Reflections - £595

Image size: H: 60cm x W: 40cm

Framed size:  H: 74cm x W: 54cm

Ginkakuji Reflections - £245

Image size: H: 30cm x W: 20cm

Framed size:  H: 44cm x W: 34cm


Ginkakuji Sand - £245

Image size: H: 30cm x W: 20cm

Framed size:  H: 44cm x W: 34cm


Also available unframed.


These Oriental scenes are extraordinary in their detail, technical brilliance and complexity of process, as well as beautiful in their composition and lighting.


The first shows a large linocut of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan. The temple is partially obscured by the island pines. The trees and temple reflect in the surrounding rippling lake.


The second and third are a pair: both show views of the Silver Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan.  Both are printed with the same 16 colours over 13 layers.


Small variations make each individual piece original - a variable edition. Every print is numbered, titled, signed and conservation mounted.


These are all reduction linocuts; a relief print formed with layers of colour which are cut and printed from the same block of lino. The block is cut away, gradually,  in the process.


    North-Oxfordshire-based Alexandra is technically and creatively excellent at her technique and has been teaching it to eager students since 2013.


    Her chioce of scene is often inspired by dog walking in local woods, as well as holiday visits and far-afield travelling. She is versatile enough to deal equally brilliantly with forested glades, moving or standing water, cliff-top views, decorative or historic buildings and architectural or hard landscaping features.


    "A favourite local place to source good reflections in St James's lake in Brackley. I am also lucky to have several great National Trust gardens nearby, Stowe, Waddesdon and Claydon. The majority of my work is inspired by places local to me, unless I've been lucky enough to get away on holiday. Generally, I'm attracted by any scene with an interesting combination of colours or dramatic light."


    Linocut is a relief printing technique where an image is carved into a block of lino, or vinyl, using gouges and chisels and the remaining surface is inked up and an impression is taken.

    Although single colour prints are typical, it is also common practice to create work with layers of different colours, either printed from several carved blocks, known as multi-block, or using just the one block, known as reduction.

    Alexandra is expert in the reduction linocut technique, a complex and unforgiving process which involves repeated cutting and printing from the same block of lino to build up an image. As the block gets cut away at each stage (reduced), there is no way to adjust the colour or cut of the previous layers. Once all layers are complete, only the information to print the last colour remains on the block, so its essence is destroyed but something beautiful has emerged on the paper, a record of the block's demise.


    The creative process is an exacting one: all prints must be created in one go as there is no way to return to a previous state of the block. In this way, the print edition is truly limited - even more so, as Alexandra only prints very short runs per edition.

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