Ken Januski - Linocut Prints

Ken began experimenting with linocuts in late 2010. He had no formal education in printmaking though he did take a couple of courses in lithography and etching in the Student Union of UC Berkeley when he was a student there. He had no training at all in linocut, or woodcut which he took up a few years later. Today they are his primary media.

Ken started with straightforward one-color linocuts. But soon he was experimenting with multi-color reduction linocuts as in the Green Heron with Twelve-spotted Skimmer, and Blackburnian Warbler at Magee Marsh. He continued to do one color linocuts but then added multi-block linocuts and sometimes woodcuts as well, as in the Black-throated Green Warbler at Magee Marsh and White-tailed Deer, Green Heron and Wood Ducks.

Occasionally he'd seek color in a simpler way by hand-coloring, with watercolor, a simple black linocut, as in the Green Heron with Eastern Pondhawk.

Recently he's spent more time with woodcuts than linocuts, finding the softer surface of the Shina plywood that he uses, especially appealing. But he still does occasional linocuts as in the American Kestrel with American Robin, below, from early 2015.

Female American Kestrel Eating American Robin. Linocut by Ken Januski. Edition of 16. Image is 6x8 inches, entire print is 9x11.


Green Heron with Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reduction Linocut by Ken Januski. Edition of 12. Image is 6x8 inches; entire print is 9x11.
Blackburnian Warbler at Magee Marsh. Reduction Linocut by Ken Januski. Edition of 12. Image is 6x8 inches; entire print is 9x11 inches.

Black-throated Green Warbler at Magee Marsh. Reduction Linocut and Woodcut by Ken Januski. Edition of 20. Image is 4x6 inches; entire print is 7x9 inches.

White-tailed Deer, Green Heron and Wood Ducks. Reduction Linocut and Woodcut by Ken Januski. Edition of 15. Image is 6x8 inches; entire print is 9x11 inches.

Northern Mockingbird with Carolina Chickadee. Linocut by Ken Januski. Edition of 15. Image is 4x6 inches; entire print is 7x9 inches.

Green Heron and Eastern Pondhawk. Hand-colored Linocut by Ken Januski. Edition of 11. Image is 4x6 inches; entire print is 7x9 inches.

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