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Dorset Visual Arts,
Little Keep, Bridport Road,
Dorchester, Dorset

DT1 1SQ

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01305 853100

LUCAS WESCHKE

About Lucas Weschke

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"The image becoming clearer in your mind is like finding your bearings in a fog. Absolute bewilderment at finding oneself somewhere is followed by an almost intimate sense of isolation. Then comes a nagging fear that one will stray from the path and find oneself in the wrong place, and a persistent need to establish some coherence in sentiment, or even acknowledge an absence of any such coherence."

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Email: info@lucasweschke.com

Number: 01305 785967

I was born in Redruth in 1958 and grew up in West Cornwall, where I gained many impressions from the artists living and working in the region at that time. In particular, I was shown how to make prints from a lino block. Working from my studio in Weymouth, I still use conventional block-printing materials. My method is unusual, however, in that most of the time involved in the making of a print is devoted to drawing the picture on paper. The image is at the heart of my work, and it is obvious that these are not so much pictures of things, as pictures about something.

 

The image becoming clearer in your mind is like finding your bearings in a fog. Absolute bewilderment at finding oneself somewhere is followed by an almost intimate sense of isolation. Then comes a nagging fear that one will stray from the path and find oneself in the wrong place, and a persistent need to establish some coherence in sentiment, or even acknowledge an absence of any such coherence.

 

I do not believe there is any inherent merit in complexity, and perhaps that explains why this type of block printing appeals to me. The print looks simple, I mean there is either ink or no ink. But I nonetheless find it extremely difficult to produce, both in terms of the image and its realisation. Perhaps it is the difficulty of reconciliation. I value the pared down nature of the block print because it forces me to remain close to the core content of the image. At the same time, the act of carving effectively represents a commitment. The physicality of the block and the printing process itself also suggest some sort of permanence.

 

Describing my pictures as ‘deceptively simple’, Fiona Robinson observes that the ‘flat colour, blocked shapes and simplicity of line impart an abstract quality to his work’. And the poet Kris Hemensley writes of his work: ‘the simultaneity of allegory and reality hits me in the head and the heart’.

 

My hand-made block prints have featured in many curated exhibitions, including the Royal West of England Academy and the Evolver prizewinner’s exhibition.

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Ceramicist