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Day 4 – Woodblock Prints!

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-Day 4 -

Woodblock Prints!

Wood block prints are in a class all of their own. There is something about the look, the feel, and the process of wood block prints, that is simply striking. At Sivertson Gallery, we have four woodblock artists represented: Nick Wroblewski, Betsy Bowen, Mike Anderson and Rick Allen (with Rick dabbling in both wood and lino block prints, in addition to wood engravings).

All of our printmakers are fantastic, but it seems that Nick Wroblewski is the one who has the “rock star”-like following. When he posts a new print on facebook there are hundreds of likes within hours! We even have customers drive up from the Twin Cities just to check out our Wroblewski selection. Talk about dedication! However, when you consider the time, energy and emotion put into one of his prints, it’s pretty easy to see why his following is so strong.

Nick was recently asked to describe his woodblock process in an interview with Drift Journal. His response is captivating:

“I make something called two block reduction woodcuts. Explained in its simplest terms, I use a combination of two carved woodblocks to print specific areas of my image. The blocks are carved away throughout the process and used to print additional colors. As they are carved and the image becomes more colorful and apparent, the blocks are “reduced” to almost nothing and the prints cannot be made again. I apply ink to the carved blocks with large rollers, precisely place the paper on the surface and run both through a large printing press that transfers the image to the paper. It’s a very repetitive process that when I am in the thick of it becomes less about the individual print and more about the creation of an “edition” of images.”

Perhaps a part of Wroblewski’s allure is the fact that once these prints are finished, that wood block is done. Your 112/115 is actually one of only 115 in the world. With “Frost Descending” and “Ear to the Moon” priced at $75 for an original print, it seems ridiculous not to invest in his art. What

Perhaps a part of Wroblewski’s allure is the fact that once these prints are finished, that wood block is done. Your 112/115 is actually one of only 115 in the world. With “Frost Descending” and “Ear to the Moon” priced at $85 for an original print, it seems ridiculous not to invest in his art.

What are you waiting for?


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