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Graham Blair Woodcuts

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Graham Blair Woodcuts
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Graham Blair Woodcuts
Graham Blair Woodcuts


Graham Blair is a printmaker and graphic designer based in St. John's, Newfoundland. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Anthropology and Museum Studies from the University of British Columbia. Graham studied the methods of traditional printmaking through the Malaspina Printmakers Society, and artist-run print studio located in Vancouver's Granville Island district. For the past several years he has focused exclusively on woodcut printmaking, hand-carving his printing blocks from maple, and hand-printing his editions on fine Japanese papers.

"I am drawn to woodcut techniques because they are rooted in the earliest methods of printmaking, and can be traced back over a thousand years. In recognition of this history I use only wood for my printing blocks, and source the highest quality hand-made papers for my editions, which I print by hand-burnishing with a wooden spoon. On a certain level my stripped-down approach is a reaction to late twentieth-century painters who started signing and numbering mechanical reproductions of their work and calling them "prints", a process through which the nomenclature of traditional printmaking was appropriated in an attempt to dignify what are essentially signed posters. While woodcut printmaking is a method of producing multiple images, it is not a method of reproduction. There is no "original" apart from the individual prints that constitute and edition and the woodblock used to print them." Graham Blair, Artist Statement

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Quidi Vidi Village Plantation
10 Maple View Place
St. John's, NL A1A 5W2
Hours: Tuesday - Friday, and Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Phone: 709-570-2038