Keith Pettit

Wood Engravings

I live and work in my native Sussex and am infused with the beauty and romance of this small corner of our country. I am constantly inspired by the world around me. To be able to engage in the landscape through my engravings deepens my appreciation and love of the world I am lucky enough to inhabit.

Wood Engraving has become a much cherished outlet for me. I fell in love with the medium even before I knew what it was. Leslie Benenson's work illustrating "Rudyard Kipling- A Sussex Anthology" was my first encounter. And a chance meeting with the accomplished, engraver Sybella Styles led me to classes with Diana Bloomfield.

Wood engraving is one of the simplest and most exquisite forms of printmaking. The print is made by engraving the reversed design into the mirror-smooth surface of a block of end grain box wood.

My wood engravings tend to be closely worked and relatively small because the tools used are finely pointed. Because of the finesse of wood engraving it produces a particularly rich tonal range. The block is then rolled up with ink and printed onto paper. The cuts that were made into the wood come out as white, the remaining inked top as black; I am, in effect, drawing with light – with a white mark as opposed to the black mark that comes from a pencil, brush or pen.

Each of my prints is an original – made by that process, not copied and they are customarily ‘editioned’ prints, as expressed by the ‘fraction’ written near the bottom of the print. 10/75 means the 10th print in an edition of 75. And all are individually hand printed onto Zerkall mould made print makers paper.

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Carols at the Bells

Carols at the Bells

Sunbeams over Firle Beacon

Sunbeams over Firle Beacon

Boxing hares

Boxing hares

Southdown harvest

Southdown harvest

Seen from the Broyle

Seen from the Broyle

Room with a view

Room with a view

Lewes castle from the Paddock

Lewes castle from the Paddock

Foraging hedgehog

Foraging hedgehog

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