If you have ever hesitated in the doorway of gallery – you are not alone! If the attitude and snobbery by the guardians of fine art is off-putting to you – imagine trying to get them to look at some new art! So I decided to create some approachable art for your walls and make it available to you directly. Art anchored by a Western Canadian point of view. Art ground in craftsmanship and quality. My work thrives on elegant lines – as sometimes also found in superb tattoos. Art that doesn’t mind being expressive and influential, art that works for your admiration. Art that does not ask you to park your brain, that asks you to have an opinion. Art byHugo.

image of letterpress artwork from the Gyrfalcon Series "Steep Turn"

Steep Turn, right off the press before hand colouring

You know about the slow food movement, but did you realize there is a slow art movement? Well I’m a champion of it! I take weeks sometimes to get my pencil sketch just right. After that I close the book on it for about a year, when I’m no longer so attached to the work. Then, after the year has passed, I evaluate and choose the pieces worthy for print. I redraw each of the chosen sketches in Illustrator software to come up with a file that I can have a relief engraving made from. Using the most gorgeous 100% cotton paper available, I then print with the most stable ink known to mankind – the way it was done more than a hundred years ago.

So I straddle the world of steam-engine-era print technology on the one side, and contemporary art on the other. My press was patented April 12, 1887, a hulk of 3000 pounds of cast iron and steel, and it’s driven by a 2015 modern electronics variable speed drive to make it safe for me to operate. I use a pencil to create my art, a computer to refine it and the internet to pass the information on to the relief plate maker who makes the plate just like in the 1880s, but with ultra modern equipment that has zero environmental discharge.

Art does not have to cost thousands to be worth while – find out about the new work that I am creating, and some background on the process, by signing up to my monthly newsletter “Letterpress Art Insider”, just click on my face at the top right sidebar.
Thank you for you interest,