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Richard Tetrault Woodcuts

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Richard Tetrault's work pursues a subtext of narratives derived from decades of living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. His original woodcut prints incorporate superimposed layers suggesting the passage of time and transience.

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"From the long tradition of woodcut’s origins in China and Japan to the German Expressionists and up to the present, relief printmaking offers a unique expression. Expanding upon traditional methods has been an underlying impulse in my work. I am attracted to large-scale, often roughly hewn images incorporating multiblock methods for colour printing. I find the possibilities are limitless. The markings of a chisel cut are an equivalent to a sculptor’s tool or a brush, yet, the marks of a woodcutting chisel are a fusion of both. They enliven and energize the image itself, while reflecting the physicality involved in the process of cutting.

In colour printing, I incorporate different approaches. For reduction printing, I use one block for all the colours, carving away and repeatedly printing overlays of colour until the ultimate print in pulled. Jigsaw method involves using either jig-sawed wood or other substrates, cut out to form the colour blocks. This is overprinted with one or two key blocks. Recently, I have used this approach with collagraph materials: cut out board, cardboard, scrap wood, and other elements. My prints focus primarily on the shifting dynamics of the industrial landscape. I pursue a subtext of narratives derived from decades of living in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. My recent prints incorporate superimposed layers suggesting the passage of time and transience. Crows are a recurring motif, making appearances in many of my series.

My prints have been exhibited in group and solo shows from Japan and China to Poland, Mexico, and Cuba. I have taught classes in woodcut and other relief mediums at Malaspina Printmakers for many years. My studio is in Strathcona, East Vancouver."

- Richard Tetrault

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