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Lynne Roebuck (Handwritten)
Linoleum sea print of a rocky coastline showing arches and stacks

Rocky coastline print:‘Stacks’

An original print so evocative of the rocky English coastline that those who see it are convinced they've visited the scene – some place it on the South Coast, some elsewhere.

The sea shapes our coastline, building up or eroding respectively. Where headlands form, the sea will find any weaknesses in the rock, and wear it away.

Eventually the sea breaks through the headland to the other side, creating a bridge, or arch, of rock. It is when the arch collapses that a rock stack is created – as seen in the distance in this linocut.

Landscape artists have been inspired by the UK's shoreline since the 18th century, I understand. Though interestingly, they only discovered it when they became ill, and were prescribed places like Brighton!

original print

  • Artwork Size: 16 x cm ( x ins)
  • Medium: linocut
  • Method: reduction-cut
  • Colours: 3
  • Paper: Magnani Litho (300gsm Extra White)
  • Edition: 18

This linocut has been made using the reduction-cut method. Only one block of lino was used, and it more was cut away for each colour.

Each print in the edition passed through the printmaking press three times. The final pass involved multiple inks hand-painted onto the lino.

The result is a rich, intense, and textured print with a great deal of character.


Exhibited at St Peters Church art show, Harrogate, 2013. along with Moorland Air and Coast.