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James Green

James Green

James fell in love with linocut printing quite a few years after studying fine art at university. He didn’t actually do any printmaking at university, and was a little uninspired by his time there. When he first discovered linocut it was a bit of a revelation, something he knew he could connect with. James’s work is mainly based around four areas; landscapes, creatures, abstract work and donkeys. He says, ‘I know donkeys are creatures, but the donkey compositions I create are very much in a world of their own. I’m inspired by the shapes landscapes make, the patterns and personalities of the animals, and the worlds I can create for my donkeys.’ For James one of the best things about linocut is the limitations of the medium, it makes you focus on the composition having a very limited palette, and you constantly have to make decisions you can’t change your mind on. He has also started working on screen-prints too, using his linocuts as a basis for larger works. James’s passion for print also comes from the physicality of the medium, ‘It is sometimes tiring, but always worth the effort, and satisfying, spending the time cutting the lino and hand-pressing the prints.’