York-based artist and printmaker Dan Howden has spent the last seven years carving a niche for himself within printmaking and has developed a layer-heavy approach to linocut that gives his prints a very painterly feel. In 2016, Dan was awarded the Anthony Dawson Young Printmaker of the Year award in London and recently received his MA in Illustration from Manchester School of Art.
Drawn to architectural scenes and the atmospheres they posses as well as the homogeneity in everyday life, Dan recently produced a series of linocut prints entitled Portacabin Series. “It responds to a trip I took to Athens earlier this year and the volume of portacabins that were present at the site of the Parthenon,” he explains. “I found the juxtaposition of temporary, throw-away architecture and ancient temple rather amusing and interesting at the same time.”
He adds: “I have spent the past four or five years devising and refining my own approach to the traditional print process, one that incorporates many registrations and gives a somewhat painterly outcome. I use a jigsaw method, cutting up the slab of linoleum into pieces and treating each as an individual linocut, placing them back together on the paper to gradually create an image.”