Mezzotint

Mezzotint

Mezzotint

The last 12 years I’ve specialized in the mezzotint technique. I’ve done a lot of research and experiment. It’s the painterly qualities that especially attract me. Characteristics are the velvety black and the rich array of tones. This technique is perfect for evoking the right atmosphere and mood. The mezzotint surprises me each time because of its power and subtlety.

I’ve investigated how I can play with different textures and layers. Sometimes a work takes shape by printing with different plates or images on the same paper. This way it becomes fascinating to work with coloured inks.

The Mezzotint technique is performed on a copper plate. Firstly the smooth surface is roughened up by hand. Traditionally a rocker was used for this purpose. The rocker has a curved row of fine teeth by which the plate gets covered with many little burrs. Personally I’ve invented alternative ways to roughen up the plate. That’s why each work has its own character. If I printed the rocked plate at this point a dark surface would be the outcome.

It’s only now that I can start with the image. By gradually scraping with a special tool, called a scraper, the light and different tones are formed. A mezzotint artist always works from dark to light. This method requires a great many hours of devotion and concentration.
At last it’s time to ink the plate and make a print on paper with the press. An exciting moment because now the image emerges clearly.

Mezzotint is a slow, demanding and time-consuming technique.

 

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Old river

Oude-Leiearm

29,6 x 39 cm
2012

 

 

Clouds above the dike

wolken-boven-de-dijk

29,5 x 39,5 cm
2011

 

 

Clouds Above the Street

Wolken-boven-de-straat

29,7 x 39  cm
2011

 

Capricious I

grillig 1

10 x 10 cm
2010

 

Capricious II

grillig-2

10 x 10 cm
2010

 

 

Field Road

veldweg

10 x 10 cm
2008

 

 

 

Light Streaks

lichtstroken

10 x 10 cm
2008

 

 

Landscape with dyke

landschap-met-dijk

10 x 9,8 cm
2008

 

 

Vlissingen

Vlissingen

10 x 10 cm
2008

 

 

 

Blue Flower

blauwe-bloem

14,9 x 19,9 cm
2011

 

 

Dahlia

dahlia

19,6  x  15 cm
2010

 

 

Cactusdahlia

Cactusdahlia

19,6  x  15 cm
2010

 

 

 Wound in Blue

wondweefsel-blauw

17,7 x 17,9 cm
2012

 

 

 

Wound

wondweefsel

19,6  x  15 cm
2011

 

 

Alley

dreef

19 x 32 cm
2010

 

 

Fagus

fagus

19,2 x 32,2 cm
2009

 

 

Sunrise

zonsopgang-boven-de-Watersportbaan

29,4 x 39,6 cm
2010

 

 

 

 

Mosaic

Mozaïek

29,6 x 39,6 cm
2010

 

 

 Mirror

spiegeling

19,7 x 28,2 cm
2007

 

 

 

Bowed Stems

Bowed Stems

19,5 x 21,4 cm
2009

 

 

Pinus Sylvestris

Pinus Sylvestris

7,4 x 8,4 cm

2009

 

Cedrus Libani

Cedrus-Libani

7,5 x 10,2 cm
2009