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Octopus Linocut Print

Octopus Linocut Print

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Title: Octopus

Original hand made linocut print signed by the artist Christopher Hill.

Hand printed using black ink on 250 gsm printmaking paper.

Open Edition.

Paper size: 210mm x 297mm (A4), (Approx. 8.27" x 11.69").

Image size: Approx. 150mm x 211mm, (Aprprox. 6.9" x 8.3").

Artist retains all reproduction rights. 

Sale does not not reflect transfer of copyright.

Due to the nature of the hand printing process each print is individual and therefore will not be exactly the same as others.


The octopus was hand drawn onto the lino.

Areas that were not to be printed were cut away using carving tools.

Ink was applied to the raised areas using a roller.

Printing paper was placed on top of the lino and pressure was applied to the back of the print using a baren. 

This technique transfers the ink to the paper.

The paper is then removed to reveal the image left from the transfer process.

The print is then left to dry.

The Octopus

I think the Octopus is fascinating, their movements, appearances and survival methods. They have the ability to camouflage themselves, squeeze their soft bodies through small gaps and the ability to regrow limbs they elect to lose tin order to survive. It seems fitting that this print is in black ink as the octopus releases black ink in a cloud to help survive attack.

This print is sold unframed and will be sent with backing cardboard in biodegradable cellophane for protection.