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Relief History and Facts. The first relief prints can be found in cave paintings. Early man would dip his/her hands in pigments then touch the cave walls. Your fingerprint is an example of a relief print even a muddy footprint can be considered a relief.

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relief history and facts
Relief History and Facts
  • The first relief prints can be found in cave paintings.
    • Early man would dip his/her hands in pigments then touch the cave walls.
  • Your fingerprint is an example of a relief print even a muddy footprint can be considered a relief.
  • Early civilizations used of round "cylinder seals" for rolling an impress onto clay tablets goes back to early Mesopotamian civilization before 3,000 BC.
  • The earliest woodblock printed fragments to survive are from China and are of silk printed with flowers in three colours from the Han dynasty (before AD 220 ).
  • In India the main importance of the technique has always been as a method of printing textiles, which has been a large industry for centuries.
  • In late 10th century China the complete Buddhist canon Tripitaka of 130,000 pages was printed with blocks, which took between 1080 and 1102, and many other very long works were printed.
  • Block-books, where both text and images are cut on blocks, appeared in Europe in the 1460s as a cheaper alternative to books printed by movable type.

Linoleum was a 20th-century development in the art of relief cuts. The linoleum block consists of a thin layer of linoleum mounted on wood; in this the design to be printed is cut in the same manner as for a woodcut. The advantage of linoleum cuts lies in the softness of the material and the consequent ease with which it can be cut.


Irving Amen, American artist

  • Valenti Angelo, American printmaker & illustrator
  • Walter Inglis Anderson American artist
  • Sybil Andrews English/Canadian artist
  • Georg Baselitz, German artist
  • Angel Botello, Spanish-Puerto Rican artist
  • Carlos Cortez American poet and artist
  • Stanley Donwood, British artist (most famous for his work with British band Radiohead). His work for Thom Yorke's album The Eraser was originally done in linocut.
  • Bill Fick, American printmaker & illustrator
  • Jacques Hnizdovsky, Ukrainian-American printmaker, painter, book illustrator and ex libris designer
  • Henri Matisse, French painter
  • Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter
  • Cyril Edward Power, British artist
  • Ken Sprague, English artist and activist
  • Folly Cove Designers American design collective
  • John Paige English artist and member of the Society of Wildlife Artists
  • Angie Hani artist in the American International School Of Kuwait, Famous Artist
  • M. C. Escher, Dutch artist known for his mathematically inspired works
  • John Steins, Canadian artist
  • Mark Andrew Webber, British Artist, Most famous for his Linocut Map Series of different cities. Also created the New Media Technique of Linomation, which is Hand carved Animation from linoleum.

edition consists of 30 prints on white BFK Rives 185 gsm paper, hand printed by the artist with Daniel Smith black block printing ink, using an antique hand press


Helen Ogilvie

(Australian, 1902-1993)The Black Rooster, c1936.

Wood engraving, ed. 47/50 - 7 x 7cm. Printed on tissue.


The Funeral2007

Reduction Linocut


Item # 573 - Price $90.00

Artist: Natalia MorozTitle: "Danaya"Medium: 2-Plate LinocutEdition: 18/50Image Size: 8” x 10”Paper Size: 11” x 14”


Bighorn RamReduction linocut –

2 colorsEdition of 12 Image size 12" x 12"


Artist: Natalia MorozTitle: "Distortion of Memory"Medium: Multiple Plate Color LinocutEdition: 7/27Image Size: 12" x 9"Paper Size: 16 ½" x "15

Item # 578 - Price $270.00


3 of a limited edition of 20 prints. The image is 10 1/2"x16 1/2" and the paper size is 13"x19"It is hand printed on acid free BFK Rives Lightweight paper,


“Inés” Linoleum relief print, Spring 2008

This print is based on a photograph I took at Mission Santa Inés in Solvang, California.


Bawden, Edward (1903-89)

The Pagoda (linocut)


Flight, Claude (1881-1955)


1925 (linocut)


Aertsen, Pieter

The High Swing

c.1933 (linocut),


Whence and Whither?

c. 1930 (linocut)


The Tube Staircase

1929 (linocut)


The Giant Racer

c.1930 (linocut)


"Emu", by Rachel Newling.

Hand painted lino cut  49cm x 34cm

Limited edition (50)


"Gymea Lilly" by Rachel Newling

Hand painted lino cut 73cm x 52cm

Limited edition (50)


Sacred Ibis


Ed. 13

$975 GST




Ed. 12

$750 GST


Tea Trees: Lake Ainsworth

30x36.5cm - Ed. 50

$500 GST


Sydney Harbour View

42x55cm - Ed. 50

$825 GST


Paint Brushes

Hand Colored Linocut

35x19.5 cm

Ed. 50

$500 GST