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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 a premium printmaking paper.

Comes either unmounted or with a double mount ready to fit a standard 8x8inch frame.  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. 

Golden cockerel

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