Stefan OSNOWSKI

For many years now Stefan Osnowski has been concerned with a new approach to wood engravings and has been developing the opportunities inherent to the technique. When preparing his enlarged engravings, he creates a range of tonal values through the variation of the width and depth of horizontal lines, as well as through the alteration of the density of the grid, whilst retaining a purely monochrome imagery. Doing so he applies a very particular printing technique: with the use of a palm-size glass lens he manually rubs the ink onto the paper instead of using a printing press, thus preserving the apparent uniqueness of each individual item in a series. Physical contact and hand-crafting is just as much a part of his artistic concept as the gathering of themes or the selection of the medium.

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