Block printing is the oldest form of making multiples of an image. Using color is slightly less ancient but still a traditional technique. The overall method is to carve away parts of a smooth surface and use the remaining, original surface to print with ink on paper or cloth. The overriding characteristic in relief printing is positive or negative, black or white, carved or not carved.
For William Hays, the idea of positive and negative is everything but black and white. Hays takes the simplicity of linocut printing to new levels in his beautiful and complex prints. Intricate techniques of carving and printing are brilliantly reflected in the rich colors and resonant atmosphere of each print.
Hays' linocut prints are original works of art, not reproductions. Each is hand printed by the artist on 100% rag paper using oil-based inks. They are created in strictly limited editions. William Hays' linocut prints are available for purchase from this website, at the artist's studio and at select retail galleries in North America. When the last print in the edition is sold, they are no longer available.