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Excavation Letterpress Print

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Excavation is a letterpress art print created by San Francisco artist James Lewis Tucker that features distinct geometric shapes and depth-filled patterns. In the words of James, this piece “explores a childhood nightmare and a dream of restoration”. Made with reduction linocut and handmade inks, “Excavation” implements colorful layering of different ink consistencies to saturate the paper. In turn, this gives a sense of depth to print that is normally only achieved through painting.

Words written by James Lewis Tucker inspired by this print are below:

In back of the barn is a dark pond. It was a place where you didn't want to touch the water. A lone white fish swam circles and water moccasins guarded the steep embankments. When I visited after 13 years oil slick the surface and weeds poked through the middle. Quicksand. Tall grass and branches hindered much of a visit. That night I had a dream of draining that childhood nightmare. Digging buckets of mud from it's depths. Carefully taking the last fish and putting them in fresh water. Finally reaching the bottom, I found there was clear blue water under it all and it started to fill again. Bringing life.


  • Limited edition to 50 prints.

  • Print Size: 12” x 18”.

  • Method: Reduction Linocut.

  • Material: 100% Cotton Paper.

  • Framed.

  • Signed and editioned by the artist.

  • Certificate of Authenticity included.

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