Ken Januski - Woodcut Prints

Ken began experimenting with woodblock prints in 2013, after about three years using linoleum blocks. He found that he liked their gentler surface, especially when coupled with water-soluble inks. Since 2013 most of his prints have been woodcuts, though occasionally in combination with one or more linoleum blocks.

In 2015 he is still trying to find the best mixture of realism and abstraction. As the following prints show sometimes they are much more abstract and sometimes abstraction is replaced by a simpler, seemingly primitive realism. In all cases his work is informed by his sketches from life. He likes to remain true to birds while not getting lost in details. This helps he thinks to better portray the emotional effect, or better the comprehensive experience, of seeing these birds in their habitat.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Turkey Vulture and Trumpet Honeysuckle. Two-block Reduction Woodcut by Ken Januski. Image is 4x6 inches and entire print is 7x9. 2015.



Drake Canvsasback and Hooded Merganser at Wetlands of Morris Arboretum. Woodcut by Ken Januski..Edition of 12. Image is 4x6 inches and entire print is 7x9. 2015.




American Goldfinch EatingThistle. Multi-block Woodcut by Ken Januski. Edition of 12. Daniel Smith Water-soluble Ink on Shin Torinoko paper. Image is 6x8 inches; entire print is 9x11 inches. 2014.

Gray Catbird with Walnuts Multi-block Woodcut by Ken Januski. Edition of 12. Daniel Smith Water-soluble Ink on Shin Torinoko Paper. Image is 4x6 inches; entire print is 7x9 inchs. 2014.
 
Blackpoll Warblers in Swamp Dogwood Multi-block Woodcut by Ken Januski.Edition of 7. Daniel Smith Water-soluble Ink on Shin Torinoko Paper. Image is 6x8 inches; entire print is 9x11 inches. 2014.


Mergansers and Grebes on Schuylkill River Multi-block Woodcut by Ken Januski. Editon of 15. Daniel Smith Water-soluble Inks on Shin Torinoko Paper. Image is 6x8 inches; entire print is 9x11 inches. 2014.
Piping Plover at 'The Meadows' Multi-block Woodcut by Ken Januski. Edition of 12. Daniel Smith Water-soluble Ink on Rives Lightweight Paper. Image is 4x6 inches; entire print is 7x9 inches. 2013.

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