Rob Lansman (The Netherlands, 1947) moved to the UK in 1997 and lives in Bury St Edmunds. Some years ago after a professional life here and abroad he took up art seriously. Rob has had exhibitions in France, Cambridgshire and previously in the Edmund Gallery in 2013.
“My first contact with wood in my work was using plywood as a ‘canvas’ for oil paintings. Its simple quality lends itself very well to my paintings of Normandy cows.
Later I started cutting directly into the wood itself and printing off the results. Faces are often my first inspiration, not with the aim of producing a likeness but of finding a configuration of almost abstract marks. Colour is then added with different shades of ink or by cutting new blocks that are printed over the original line block.
Birch plywood, like most wood, is an unruly material but as a basis for woodprints it is an endless source for experimentation.”
photo by John Williams