By Steven Hubbard
Limited edition print
Wood block print on Japanese Kozu Shi paper
Framed size: H: 43.5 cm x W: 43 cm
WE CAN SOURCE THIS PIECE BOTH FRAMED AND UNFRAMED
Fascinated by technique and new ways of making work, Steven's long-standing interest in the prints of the Grosvenor School of printmakers from the 1930s inspired his experimentation with what has become his main focus of attention: the possibilities of the essentially simple printing form of lino printing. This print is a perfect example.
The 'Two Cans' of the title is a deliberate pun to suggest the cans' resemblance to two toucan birds.
ABOUT STEVEN HUBBARD
All Steven's prints start out as drawings and oil paintings. He uses traditional lino and handmade wood and steel cutting tools. Instead of a press, he opts for a roller and, sometimes, a spoon or a stone baren. This allows him to control and vary pressure and to modify colour density across the surface.
We are featuring, mainly, prints based on his paintings of everyday objects, such as oil cans, tools and telephones – he calls them 'things with character, practical things'.
His beautiful and precise technique is deliberately reminiscent of the Grovesnor School, lending it a vintage, inter-War-years charm and nostalgia. It also makes full use of colour show-through and thin Japanese papers, where you can change the appearance of the entire work by adding a backing colour when framing.
“The trick, if there is one, is that because I was a painter and watercolourist I know about colour. My prints are done in washes, in effect, because they are very transparent inks. Layers of printed colour make different combinations, working in a similar way to watercolour.”
Steven grew up in London and has been painting and printing since he was a child, winning a Puffin Club prize for a lino print book cover design. In 1989 he was shortlisted as 'best painter under 35' by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
His prints have been exhibited by the Royal Academy of Arts, the Society of Wood Engravers and the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. His work is often used for illustrations and greetings cards and is held in public and private collections in both Europe and America.