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(Creswick, Victoria 1874 – 1961 Sydney)

The Demon

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The Demon
131 x 158 mm
Original wood engraving, 1925.
Edition of 100.


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Lindsay came from a family important in the development of art in Australia; he was one of five children who all, grew up to be practising artists.

Initially he worked as an illustrator for newspapers and magazines, etching in his spare time. But a successful exhibition of his etchings in 1907 gave him the confidence to abandon a journalistic career to work fulltime as a creative artist.

He would be the first President of the Australian Painter-Etchers’ Society when it was founded in 1921, but it is as a wood engraver that he is most collected in Britain.

The Australian artist chanced on a set of wood engraving tools on a visit to London in 1910 and began to engrave on boxwood. Of his technique in the medium he wrote

“…I prove as I go, building up my design…bit by bit…my chief care is to establish a true graver cut, keep its drawing quality and to preserve the intervening blacks.”

Wood engraving is another relief process.

Whereas woodcut generally creates a black line (and is printed from a plank cut following the grain of the tree), wood engraving results in a white line.

The artist cuts his design with a burin into the surface of a boxwood block, which has been cut ‘end-grain’ (that is against/crossing the grain) to achieve a really hard surface.

Ink is applied to the surface but does not go into the engraved lines, so that in the resulting impression the lines ‘print’ as ‘white’; actually the natural white of the paper showing against the printed black ground.

Wood engravings can be printed on a platen press, but also by hand pressure, placing damp paper over the inked block and rubbing with the back of a spoon.

For more information, and further examples of wood engravings and Relief forms of printmaking, please explore the Wood Engraving pages in the Techniques section of this website.