Paul Dewis

These recent prints are the result of a two week residency at the Opificio della rosa in Italy. The work is the result of an intense period of experimentation, each reductive woodcut is a unique print. For me the reproducability inherent within print is not a means to produce an identicle edition of images, but is a point of departure for experimentation, a space to try out different colours, ideas and layers.

The inspiration for the work were a series of black and white contact sheets printed in the photographic dark room. Developer, stop out and fixative solutions were dripped and splashed onto the paper to create to create marks which are then enlarged and re interpreted as the basis for the woodcuts.