I want my work to be visually arresting. I have been inspired by the German Expressionists, and I like how their art was so energetic and vital. I hope my prints have that same energy. I have an interest in traditional subject matter i.e. the figure and landscape, although I often like some narrative element in my work to add a bit of mystery. I find the human figure is the most expressive subject from which to work. In my printmaking, I have mainly been using lino to create images, although I am currently using soft Japanese plywood which gives the image greater texture. The effect can be quite dramatic, but it is much harder to cut than lino. I find that you lose a lot more of the represented subject, because the wood can also be fairly brittle, and this often limits the amount of detail you can put into the picture. Many of the German Expressionists used wood to great effect. Cherry wood is probably best for highly detailed work, but I prefer to use soft wood, because the eye-catching quality of the grain and the impression of the tool marks can more easily be seen in the overall composition. I deliberately limit the number of colours in my work, because my work has a strong linearity and I don't want the colours to clash too much with the drawing, or to over-complicate the image. Unlike Japanese printmaking where there is painstaking attention to colour and detail, I am more interested in capturing the essence of the subject by not spending too long on perfecting the design.
Biography: Matthew Weikop has a BA in Fine Art Drawing and a PG Diploma in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts (University of Arts London)
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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