Announcement “As Frank Patterson is to the pen and ink sketch, so Dave Flitcroft is to the linocut print. Idyllic scenes of cycle touring that just make you want to ride.” Jack Thurston, author & broadcaster.
“As Frank Patterson is to the pen and ink sketch, so Dave Flitcroft is to the linocut print. Idyllic scenes of cycle touring that just make you want to ride.” Jack Thurston, author & broadcaster.
Richard Roussy on May 24, 2016
I am very pleased with every aspect of this transaction, especially the quality and composition of work from the artist, Dave Flitcroft
kmjmkm on Feb 21, 2016
it is beautiful just as the photo showed -lovely size and packed so it wasnt damaged xxxx
janiearndt on Dec 15, 2015
The print is beautiful! Arrived promptly.
I ride and create art inspired by cycling. My studio is also my bike shed.
Like many people I experimented with linocut at college. I loved it. In 1980, a year after leaving college, I bought an old book binding press always knowing that someday I'd use it in earnest for relief printing. Apart from using it occasionally when my children got to do linocuts in their schooldays, it has been a heavy lump of cast iron that moved home with us many times. Always residing under a workbench in the bike shed. A sketchbook has been a companion on my many cycle tours.
In 2009 we moved to live in S.W. France. This life changing move was principally to be able to ride our tandems and bicycles on idyllic, traffic free lanes in beautiful weather. Our home is a very old farmhouse with a variety of stone barns. One of these barns has become the bikeshed. This time, however, the old press has pride of place on the bench, and it has been joined by a much larger roller press.
The beautiful lanes, tracks and countryside that I ride along almost every day are a constant source of inspiration. As I ride along I soak up the views, occasionally stopping to sketch or take a photo, many of which get worked up into future linocut projects.
I started to produce linocut prints for my pleasure and to create artwork for my home. People liked it and wanted to buy it. In February 2014 I opened my Etsy shop so that people could do so.
To create a linocut, I transfer a sketch onto a piece of lino, then using special tools gouge and cut away the lino to reveal the image. I then roll ink onto the cut lino and press paper onto the lino block using my press. I like to add watercolour to some of the Lino prints to create beautiful, unique pieces of art.
Cycling through beautiful countryside is inspirational and I imagine that I'll be continuing to produce many sketches, paintings and prints. Having my Etsy shop has been both motivational and fulfilling, it's wonderful to be able share my art with others.
Jack Thurston, presenter of radio show & podcast 'The Bikeshow' and author of 'Lost Lanes' said; “As Frank Patterson is to the pen and ink sketch, so Dave Flitcroft is to the linocut print. Idyllic scenes of cycle touring that just make you want to ride.”
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I am a cyclist and tandemist using linocut and watercolour to combine my passion for cycletouring and the countryside with my love of art.
I make Linocut prints, I sketch ideas and scenes either during or following my frequent bike rides, or inspired by images I've seen elsewhere.
Each and every print I make is individually handpulled using one of my presses. The process results in occasional minor variations in the ink transfer or the registration of different layers of ink. This results in each individual print being a unique and original work of art. I set high standards and only sell items I would be happy to hang on my own wall.
Pricing art is a tricky business, I particularly want to keep prices affordable. The price is worked out based on the cost of materials and the time taken to draw, transfer, cut and finally print. I hope you agree my prints are good value.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Linocuts are mailed from my studio in France and can take up to 10 working days to arrive, or perhaps a little longer if you are in USA or Australasia.
They will be posted in either a card backed envelope for A4 or smaller prints, a 'parcelmax' cardboard package or a cardboard tube for larger prints. I take a lot of care packaging my prints so that they arrive in perfect condition. The print will be inside a cellophane cover for added protection.
Items will normally be dispatched, after receipt of payment, within 3 days. I will send confirmation of dispatch.
Where possible I will package and send multiple orders together, I.e in one package. This normally is the case. In the event that the Etsy system does not amend your postage payment I will refund any overcharge.