About the Artist
Hello, my name is Ryan Jerzy and I am a linoleum block printer. I started hand carving and printing linoleum block prints in 2004 after seeing the work of Phish artist Jim Pollock. After a few trials and errors taught myself how to print using a baren to transfer the ink from the block onto the paper. This was back breaking work. Now all of my prints are printed on a 19th century cast-iron bookbinding press. Still back breaking work but not nearly as rough. my favorite thing about lino prints is the raw/old timey look you get from them.
If you are not familiar with block printing here is an easy explanation of the process. First, I sketch out my image and transfer its reversed image onto a linoleum block. Then I carve out the image on the block for the color being printed. Finally, I hand roll the ink onto the block and run it through my press (which can be up to 4 times per color as my press only measures 11 by 15 inches) After each color is printed I start over and repeat until the print is complete. This process makes small variations to each print intrinsic, making every print a little unique from each other.
I hope you enjoy my art as i will keep creating art for the purpose of creating it.