Stanley Donwood is no stranger to the art of relief printmaking, having utilised the process to great effect when creating the artwork for the cover of Eraser, the solo album from Radiohead's Thom Yorke, as well as his earlier series of classic London Views, and has returned to the lino cut method to create the original artwork for a brand new edition, The Contagion of New Troy, printed and published by Lazarides Editions.
Relief printmaking is the oldest form of the many print processes used today, and is embedded with a rich and diverse history dating as far back as 4000 BC. Over time, the method developed and spread throughout the world from China to Japan, and eventually to Europe, where it's now divided into three main areas: woodcut, wood engraving, and linoleum cut. In all instances, the image is created by the artist cutting away or carving marks out of the material's surface. When inked with a hard roller, only the top surface of the block picks up ink while the marks which have been removed stay white. A print impression is then taken by placing paper on top of the inked block and using a press to apply pressure.
The Contagion of New Troy is available to purchase now.