Jud Hunter ~ Printmaker

Original Linocut Prints

Latest Linocut Relief Prints

Each handmade Linocut print is pulled from carved linoleum blocks.  Every one is unique and bears the individual variations of a hand crafted print.  The prints are pressed using a nineteenth century copy press retaining the quality of traditional printing methods.

During this time of isolation I have found that the objects in the environment that I encounter daily when out on my permitted daily walks and cycles, become more intriguing each time pass.  I have found that I am looking more closely and noticing relationships between the objects that lie in the hedgerows, or grow on stone walls, or find landfall on the banks of streams or ditches. 

The colours, textures and shapes tangle and twist in a kind of quiet chaos that continues to form year after year regardless of the human crisis that is happening around them. The hedgerows of the East Neuk have a characteristically clipped appearance around the edge, this creates twisted and gnarled twigs and branches that form a background for the sweep of umbellifer seed heads and the pods of last year’s Campion.   The print below was influenced by this roadside mayhem.

Ancient coastal villages around the East Neuk of Fife are offering a very different choice of subject from that of the Hebridean wilderness.   The charming buildings and tightly packed wynds create interesting juxtapositions of lofty crowsteps, foot-worn outdoor staircases and weather textured masonry.  The villages fringe the Northern shore of the Firth of Forth which reflects its shifting light upon every facet. 

The three images below leant themselves to developing the textural qualities of surfaces, sea and sky.  They explore the soft, diffused light and harmonious colours that the Fife coast can have.

Crowsteps, pantiles and chimneys create angular compositions that are punctuated by oddly placed, uneven windows and saggy gable ends.  I am interested in how these shapes and forms develop into abstract combinations.

In contrast to the mellow light that can be found in early morning or on a dreich winter’s day, the coastal villages can be struck with bright sunlight that casts shadows of blues and greens contrasting against the burnt orange hues of the pantiles.

The images below lend themselves more towards simple shapes and flat areas of bold contrasts in colour and tone more suited to a multi-block printmaking technique.