About the exhibit
This exhibit features a selection of books decorated with wood engraving techniques.
The exhibit traces the revival of the engraving as an artful technique of book illustrating in the nineteenth century after it faded away in the sixteenth century.
The renewed interest in this technique was promoted by Thomas Bewick and William Blake and many followed, including many women artists.
This type of artful illustration lost its popularity again in the twentieth century, largely replaced by photography.
The wood engraving method was picked up once more in the twenty-first century by the small press establishments that refined wood-engraving methods resulting in an exquisite art form.
What's on display
The exhibit includes:
- Wood engraving history including William Blake’s attempt at creating such illustrations
- Wood engraving methods - presenting a contemporary example of wood-engraving process of Venus and Adonis by Andy English
- Wood engraving illustrations by naturalist Thomas Bewick
- Women engravers including Clare Leighton, Gwendolen Reverat, and Agnes Miller Parker
- Modern engraving by small presses featuring B.C.'s own Barbarian Press
- Evolution of woodcut to linocut illustrations featuring Jim Rimmer’s linocut blocks used in illustrating of Shadow river: the selected and illustrated poems of Pauline Johnson.