Friday Furrow 2: Picasso did linocut too


Friday, April 24, 2015

"Good Artists copy. Great Artists steal".

I aint no art expert or Picasso mind-reader but I guess he may have meant that you can pick up a lot of the technical craft of the various visual arts by directly copying the works of classic artists.  However, Great artists will then go on to employ this technical know-how in the creation of unique art inspired or influenced by other artists.. or just stolen from life in general.  

Picasso also said that he'd spent years learning to paint like Rembrant but a life time learning to paint like a child and I have no shame in admitting that I've stolen style ideas and that general ethos he had of paring things down to child-like simplicity.

So how has his influence been stolen into my work..? Well my whole "Ladycuts" collection is influenced by Picasso and his treatment of the nude.  They may not have their eyes plonked on the side of their heads (that would be copying!) but they are a product of my fascination with his work and his fascination for the female form (he was a bit an old shagger by all accounts).  

Picasso and linocut

I'd been dabbling with linocutting a while before I even knew that Picasso was into it.  He wasn't just into it, he was integral to it's development, with the invention of the reduction technique which, although I can't be arsed to go into it now, was a pretty major innovation in the world of the relief printmaker.  So you probably won't believe that I'd come up with the design on the right of the main image (A rough-up of a design for my upcoming "ClutterCuts" collection) before I discovered the Picasso set of prints "still life under a lamp" on the left. It is true but I reckon Picasso is so ingrained in my subconscious that it would be pointless to try and defend myself against an accusation of stealing an idea.  And what the hell. He's dead anyway. ha. Ahem.

You can see Picasso doing his stuff in this video Picasso and the Linocut