Golden cockerel
"Golden cockerel" an original handprinted wood engraving.
Inspired by "The Tale of the Golden Cockerel" (1834)  - the last fairytale in verse written by Alexander Pushkin.
In the fairytale a magical mechanical bird sits on a spire and safeguards the kingdom (like many fairytales, it's somewhat dark and weird).
This is the first wood engraving that I'm offering for sale. It's a new medium for me and the level of detail that is possible to achieve with this technique appeals to me greatly.
Wood engraving is a form of relief printmaking. The image is engraved with very sharp finely-pointed tools into a mirror- smooth surface of an endgrain  block (in this case - lemonwood). The surface is then inked up and the image is printed onto paper. I hand-burnish each of the prints with a wooden burnisher (see a little video of proofing this block).
Handprinted in highly-pigmented oil-based ink in Carbon Black on Japanese washi  in soft white colour.
Comes with a double mount ready to fit a standard 8x8inch frame (do let me know if you'd prefer an unmounted print).
Image size 7x7cm. The mount size is 20x20cm.
Numbered and signed in pencil.
A limited edition of 75.
Because the image is inked and printed by hand, there may be slight variations in tone and colour.
Will be shipped flat, carefully wrapped in acid-free tissue, sandwitched between 2 sturdy boards and packaged in a protective envelop to ensure safe delivery.
Comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Sold unframed.
Free UK shipping.

Golden cockerel