I’m so fortunate to own this Paul Landacre wood engraving titled “Siesta’ which he made in the 1930s. The image is quite large for this technique measuring 7.5 by 9 inches – the print quality is stunning. At a distance, you might be tricked into thinking it is a mezzotint. I was so happy to have discovered him. He is one of my absolute favourite engravers. He spent most of his life in California where he produced a large volume of work dedicating himself entirely to wood engraving. His technique is amazing! As you can see, he is a master of cross-hatching, allowing him to model shapes with a wide range of stipple-like shading. Of course, he’s not a ‘one-trick pony’, his other work reveals a wide repertoire of engraving techniques. The thing I like most about his work is that he doesn’t rely on technical mastery alone. His choice of subject matter and his draughtsmanship makes for a combination that satisfies me no end when looking at his work. I hate lazy sloppiness in wood engraving. You won’t find any of that in Landacre’s work. His flawless technique results in a beautiful balance between white and black.