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Raymond Higgs – Reduction Wood Engraving

This website is run by the family of Raymond Higgs. It includes all of his prints for sale and images of his other works.

Raymond Higgs was a Cumbrian Artist and best known as a Printmaker. He lived with the artist Jenny Cowern in North Cumbria. He died in 2017.

He worked in many media and progressed through from paintings, through etchings and reduction lino prints, but is best known for his wood reduction engravings.

Raymond described this process:

These wood engravings use the ‘cut and come again’ or Reduction method of making prints, where the editioning of the first colour is completed and made finite by the recutting of the same block to produce the second and subsequent colours. An alternative name is ‘waste-block’ printing, sometimes described as ‘suicide printing’ because of the risk involved. Picasso is believed to have invented this process. In this little used method of making prints the size of the edition is more strictly limited than other ways of making prints as the block is progressively destroyed. All my prints are in editions of about 20 to 140 including all proofs and are finite. I print in a registration box with a teaspoon.

Use the navigation, top right, to view Raymond’s work and find out more about his methods of production and what his work is about.

Edge - 2005

Size 13cm x 19cm - £110.00

4.3.2.1 – 1983

Size 60cm x 85cm - £220.00

Brackets - 2006

Size 13cm x 30cm - £120.00

Fracture - 1996

Size 13cm x 22cm - £90.00

Edge - 2005

Size 13cm x 19cm - £110.00

Brackets - 2006

Size 13cm x 30cm - £120.00

Fracture - 1996

Size 13cm x 22cm - £90.00

4.3.2.1 – 1983

Size 60cm x 85cm - £220.00

Welcome

Raymond Higgs – Reduction Wood Engraving

This website is run by the family of Raymond Higgs. It includes all of his prints for sale and images of his other works.

Raymond Higgs was a Cumbrian Artist and best known as a Printmaker. He lived with the artist Jenny Cowern in North Cumbria. He died in 2017.

He worked in many media and progressed through from paintings, through etchings and reduction lino prints, but is best known for his wood reduction engravings.

Raymond described this process:

These wood engravings use the ‘cut and come again’ or Reduction method of making prints, where the editioning of the first colour is completed and made finite by the recutting of the same block to produce the second and subsequent colours. An alternative name is ‘waste-block’ printing, sometimes described as ‘suicide printing’ because of the risk involved. Picasso is believed to have invented this process. In this little used method of making prints the size of the edition is more strictly limited than other ways of making prints as the block is progressively destroyed. All my prints are in editions of about 20 to 140 including all proofs and are finite. I print in a registration box with a teaspoon.

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About the Artist

Born Carlisle 1940. Raymond Higgs studied at Carlisle College of Art 1956 -61 Painting N.D.D. where he was taught by Jack Seabury. From there he gained entry to the R.A Schools, graduating Dip R.A.S, 1961-64. He was influenced and helped by William Scott R.A.

Whilst at the Royal Academy Schools he was recipient of: 1st Landseer Prize and Silver Medal 1962, Eric Kennington Drawing Prize 1962, Richard Jack Prize 1963, The Royal Sovereign Drawing Prize 1963, Awarded a Rome and Abbey Minor Scholarship in Painting 1966.

In London he met the artist Jenny Cowern, with whom he spent the rest of his life. He was also supported by Jenny’s father, R.T.Cowern RA, RE. They moved to Cumbria in 1966, where they renovated dilapidated farmworkers cottages and made them into their studios and family home. Read more about Raymond Higgs

Self-portrait - 2005

About the Artist

About the Artist

Born Carlisle 1940. Raymond Higgs studied at Carlisle College of Art 1956 -61 Painting N.D.D. where he was taught by Jack Seabury. From there he gained entry to the R.A Schools, graduating Dip R.A.S, 1961-64. He was influenced and helped by William Scott R.A.

Whilst at the Royal Academy Schools he was recipient of: 1st Landseer Prize and Silver Medal 1962, Eric Kennington Drawing Prize 1962, Richard Jack Prize 1963, The Royal Sovereign Drawing Prize 1963, Awarded a Rome and Abbey Minor Scholarship in Painting 1966.

In London he met the artist Jenny Cowern, with whom he spent the rest of his life. He was also supported by Jenny’s father, R.T.Cowern RA, RE. They moved to Cumbria in 1966, where they renovated dilapidated farmworkers cottages and made them into their studios and family home. Read more about Raymond Higgs

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