Matt Strong

Matthew Strong is a printmaker based in Nottingham, producing wood or linocut prints made using a reduction technique. He enjoys being out in big landscapes or exploring urban environments looking for less conventionally beautiful subjects. Through the time taken in the process of printmaking he discovers the complexity in simple things, with a particular fascination in the depth and layering of places and a building up of patterns.
Originally trained as an architect, Matthew enjoys the reduction process as it requires both a degree of planning but also a response to the prints as they develop and each cut is built upon. The process begins with a number of sketches that explore the subject and look for a composition. Drawn studies then test how to make texture from pattern, how the picture can be constructed from a limited colour palette and what cutting sequence might work. Final colour studies precede the cutting and printing stage, during which changes in cuts and colours continue to shape the final picture.

Relief Printing : The process of relief printing is that of applying ink to something and then pushing that onto paper. The surfaces that are raised, ‘in relief’, touch the paper and leave ink to make a print. This apparent simplicity of process is appealing and gives the work an immediacy and a sense of ‘the hand’, even in more complex relief prints.
Reduction Process: The process of relief printing is repeated several times with different colours. Each time the original lino is cut and the fresh colour carefully layered over the last with newly cut areas leaving colours exposed. Prints made by this process are ‘limited editions’ in the truest sense as the process destroys the plate and further copies cannot be made.

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