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Framed Linoleum Prints by Patrick Simon

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Night Sky

Patrick Simon's linoleum block prints feature aquatic subjects and still-life themes. His editions are small, usually only 20-25 prints per edition, printed on100% archival paper.

Simon developed his technique studying with a master printer from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon. The carved surface of the linoleum prints produces an image with unique clarity that distinguishes it from other printing media. The dimensional quality of the carved linoleum block, the vibrant color of the inks and the tactile nature of the prints is what intrigues him most with the linoleum printing process.

Much of the inspiration for Simon's oceanic imagery derives from the print-like "relief" quality of fossilized life forms found in shale deposits. Simon developed a fascination with these fossils while studying at The University and Natural History Museums in Laramie Wyoming.


Simon explains the most basic element of "relief" printing further below.

Clam Bake

North Sea

The most basic element of “relief” printmaking is the printing block which is simply a 1/8TH inch layer of linoleum, glued to a wood plank. The linoleum surface is carved, scratched, gouged or worn away to develop an image.

Each color requires a separate block thus requiring six to eight blocks per print. Each blocks must be hand carved in reverse. An ink roller is used to coat the surface of the carved block, onto which a sheet of archival paper is positioned precisely, then cranked firmly between the rollers of the printing press. The paper is then pealed from the block to reveal an impression.

My compositions consist of between 20 and 35 identical images in a group, or “edition.” To complete an edition this series of six to eight blocks are printed in a designated order and each piece of paper in the edition is printed by every block in the series.


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