Back in the 80's, I attended a gallery show at the Los Angeles County Museum that featured woodcut prints from the German Expressionist movement. I fell in love with the bold, brusque lines and stark imagery. I sought out woodcut artists but they were hard to find. My wife bought me a woodcutting setup for my birthday. I viewed a few online tutorials then dove into the process headfirst.
Being a fan of old movies and needing art for my walls, I began carving classic movie actors and vintage posters. The process was challenging and I made my share of mistakes, but I stuck with it. Soon, I was carving prints of my friends and cultural figures I admired.
A woodcut takes anywhere from 50-70 hours depending on the image. Once a line is carved you're stuck with it so you learn to embrace your "mistakes." I work in a small space in my home in Hollywood. I've experimented with a multitude of carving surfaces: wood, linoleum, sintra and rubber. My fingers are covered with callouses and cut scars, but I view these pridefully as "war wounds." My next series is a collection of Beat Generation writers including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Richard Brautigan.
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