Ammonite - Linocut Print
This original hand burnished linocut print of an Ammonite fossil by artist and printmaker Amy Cundall is printed with copper traditional oil based block printing ink.
Printed onto black printmaking paper, the subtle shimmer of the copper ink creates a striking effect and has a contemporary feel on an intricate design.
Ammonites are a well known fossil and easily recognised by their coiled shell. They first evolved around 240 million years ago and became a very successful group of animals. They died out around the same time as the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago.
Amy Cundall is a self-taught printmaker with a background in Art and Design; she works from her home studio in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Amy has an intrigue for the natural world and oceanic life is a strong source of inspiration for her work.
“While walking I’m inspired by the shapes, sounds and colours of nature combined with its peacefulness and tranquillity” describes the printmaker.
She is also inspired by vintage scientific illustrations; “there is something so intricate and beautiful about these images and I love flicking through old archival books for inspiration”.
The backgrounds for Amy’s linocut prints are kept plain so that the subjects are striking and she adds further interest to the often simple outlines through experimentation with mark making.
She predominantly works in a bold colour palette of teal and black.
She often illustrates her prints directly onto the block, starting with a simple drawing and using her carving tools to add further detail. She explains; “I find this method encourages me to thoughtfully consider my marks, and for this reason leaves little room for error“. Her finished blocks are then inked up using oil-based ink, and burnished by hand using a printmaking Baren.
Amy’s work is soon to be featured at The Great Print Exhibition in the Lake District from November to March.
Each one of these individually hand printed, open edition prints is an original work of art and is technically known as an impression.
The prints are supplied mounted ready for framing or with the option of being supplied in a perspex fronted frame ready for hanging.
Printed onto smooth acid free printmaking paper, each is titled and signed by the artist.
Size : Mounted Print 30 x 30 cm
Size : Framed Print 40 x 40 cm