Cuillin Bantock

Painter

Home

The paintings

The linocuts

Recollections of Barnt Green 1942-1955

Bounty: A case of preposterous optimism

Origin 2004

Biography

Principal exhibitions

Publications

Bibliography

Workshops & lectures

A spot on the wall

Traethdy

Contact

The Linocuts

From the World Trade Center 2002
Manhattan 2002
City of London 2002
Around Harlech 2003
Flight over Clevedon 2005
Harlech Skies 2006

Somewhere in his diaries, the late theatre critic Kenneth Tynan passes on a comment made to him that “the realisation that what you are doing has huge limitations is in itself intensely liberating”. I find this comment helpful.

In these linocuts, I have used one colour (black), two formats (either 20x22cm, or 20x30cm) and mostly just one kind of cutting tool. Within these constraints, I have attempted a variety of image.

Linocutting is sometimes seen as a low-tech activity. It is, in fact, one of the most unforgiving and unfudgeable media for image-making (even more so than watercolour). Every step counts, everything finally shows; post-printing modifications are impossible. It is sometimes necessary to repeat a block many times before an image ‘comes out right’ and even then one never knows in advance exactly how it’s going to turn out.

These linocuts are obviously studio-based but are derived from drawings made on-site, outside. I prefer to work in series: Manhattan, City of London, Deptford Creek, Whitstable Harbour, Around Harlech, Flight over Clevedon and so on. In this way I can somehow get better ‘dug in’.

Cuillin Bantock

 

 

 

Copyright 2006. All rights reserved.