Adrian Wiszniewski was born in Glasgow in 1958, and is a Sottish Artist. Wiszniewski attended the Mackintosh School of Architecture and then the Glasgow School of Art from between 1979 and 1983, he was also a member of the “New Glasgow Boys” a group of artists who emerged from the Glasgow School of Art. This particular art group led the resurgence of scottish figurative painting in the late 20th century. Wiszniewski works with a variety of materials and techniques including painting, sculpture, installations and print making to name a few.
Looking at the works of Wiszniewski, I was drawn to his selection of prints comprising of a set of fourteen linocuts, depicting the final events in the life of Christ, titled “Stations of the Cross“. Religion has always played a huge part in the art world and has been depicted in a variety of ways, Wiszniewski’s prints offer quite a different perspective. They aren’t necessarily historically situated, with the figures in the prints seemingly dressed in modern day clothing. Wiszniewski uses bold colour in his selection of 14 prints and very simplistic and delicate lines.
I personally don’t hold any religious views, but as is the current time of year in December I do get somewhat swept up with “Christmas” traditions such as Christmas trees, gift giving and time spent with family and friends (when permitted). So I thought I might try to experiment with creating a simple lino cut depicting a Christmas tree using bold colour, and delicate lines in the style of Wiszniewski. On the advice of my tutor I purchased some additional paper to experiment with printing on as my previous work on mono prints did not yield a very good finish. I also purchased some different printing inks to see if this would also make a difference. I used a small piece of soft cut lino also to make the print, which is easy to cut with, and I used a variety of long straight lines, shorter mark making and also gouging at the lino to create the circle baubles.
These first two prints were made using Schmikle:Aqua printing ink on a Mixed Media paper. As they were my first attempts at printing from lino cuts I didn’t want to use the more expensive printing paper straight away and I noticed that actually the two papers are quite similar anyway. I’m glad I did as there is an issue with the first print where there is a round mark on the bottom left hand corner, I’m not sure if this was caused by a drop of water or an air pocket maybe? The second print is a little better but still not great as the edges are uneven and the green ink isn’t consist. For these two prints I also made the error of applying the lino cut to the paper. I did this so I could line it up evenly on the paper but I realised the error I looked at the prints.
Here are the next two prints I made, the first is very faint, I realised afterwards that I hadn’t quite pressed the paper down hard enough using the barren, so the ink is very inconsistent, however there is a nice crisp edge to the print. I’m still not happy with how the green ink has adhered to the paper though as it is still uneven. The following print is slightly better.
Finally here are the last two prints. The first is still a little patchy and unfortunately I haven’t quite laid the paper square to the print so it’s sitting a little wonky. However the final print I think is the best of the bunch. It sits in the centre of the paper, the ink is the most consistent out of all the prints and the edges are crisp. There is however still some patchiness and I’m not sure why this is. Whether it may be an issue with my roller or the lino cut itself. Perhaps there are little dust particles getting in the way and preventing the clean print. I’ll need to investigate and experiment further with this in order to achieve a better standard of print.