Gary Sim at Wayzgoose

(The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held Sat. Nov 4 1030-430, Central Library)

Gary Sim is a long-time Alcuin Society member, donor, Amphora writer and artist, and Wayzgoose demonstrator. When asked to be the featured artist in Amphora 135 in 2004, he cut a limited edition print Lions Gate to accompany his other art work and an article on antiquarian booksellers. Since then he has created thirty limited edition prints, which include coastal and urban scenes. One of his many “works in progress” is an illustrated book on advanced linocutting and printing techniques, tips, and tricks.

The Burnaby Art Gallery commissioned Gallery in Summer for their Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations in July 2017. The image was cut into an unmounted block of linoleum, using an X-Acto 011 razor knife, a Lee Valley palm gouge, and a Dremel carving bit for hand-drilling stonework into the facade. The edition of 100 was printed with Cranfield Caligo Safewash ink from Wales, on Arches Text Wove 120gsm paper from France, hand-printed using an antique nipping press. A half-inch thick etching felt was used to help transfer the pressure evenly across the block, resulting in a “fat black” print. The ink is oil-based, and polymerized so that it cleans up easily with soap and water, but dries non-resoluble. The image is about 3” high x 5” wide.

The other prints, all 6” high x 8” wide, were cut using a set of new Power Grip carving tools, made in Japan, mostly with a v-gouge known as a Sankaku To.

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The snail and flicker prints are part of an extended series of artworks of Barclay Park, in Vancouver’s West End. The dragonfly print is done from a photograph taken at Lost Lagoon a few summers ago. Spot colour has been hand-tinted in each print with pigmented India ink brush pens.

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All prints will be on display at Sim’s table in the upcoming Wayzgoose on November 4, and are also available from his website at