Gerry Baptist - The 7 Deadly Sins


These prints are some of the first woodcuts I made. We had a diseased Ash tree taken down in our garden and for some reason I asked the tree surgeon to leave some of the logs.  Some time later I wondered whether I could try making some woodcuts from the logs …to cut a long story short- I had no experience of woodcuts whatsoever and using some old carpenter’s tools – chisels and a mallet, began to cut into the end grain of the logs which I had sanded smooth.

Using an old lino hard cut roller to ink up and began to print on newspaper…. the love of woodcuts began there!

Intaglio and people I knew from the RE gave me lots of advice which meant I could actually make prints using the Ash logs.  Water-based inks, a decent roller to ink up, a good baren ( and I now use a roller ball baren which I would advise everyone to buy) and Japanese paper- though my latest work on insects is on Zanders paper.

I’ve been to demos of Japanese printmaking but I’m not Japanese and so use the European ways but I take ideas from the sublime and long history of Japanese woodcuts.

I have been selected as one of five woodcut artists from the UK for the 2019 Ulsan International Woodcut Biennial so I hope things are OK!

The 7 Deadly Sins prints are sold separately- though you can buy the whole set too!
Each in an edition of 10
Signed and numbered

There is also a boxed set of The 7 Deadly Sins with a Title and End page, making a total of 9 prints.

Edition of 5 signed and numbered.  One boxed set remaining.

© Gerry Baptist 2019