Hand-printed intaglio: 1989 – 1994

I love working in lino and first did so at Art College in Belfast in 1975 when I followed my BA in Fine Art with a one year post graduate course in Printmaking (linoprinting, etching and engraving).

The Lovers 20 x 40cm 1988

The early 80s saw me developing my pastel drawings and I next made a large body of prints ten years later starting in 1986.
Initially I planned for them to remain crisp black and white but  when I experimented with adding colour I was thrilled with the result.
The moment of inspiration came when I saw a stunning exhibition of an Australian artist’s handcoloured linoprints in a London gallery called England & Co – the artist was called Bruce Goold & I was greatly impressed!

Crazy Love 1994 56 x 86cm Ink and acrylic on Japapnese paper. Handcoloured
Summer Breeze 1986 49 x 34cm Edition of 20

Also at this time,  I was fortunate to meet Elaine Kowalsky,  a Canadian artist who had a studio near mine in the East End of London. The strength of her imagery fascinated me and inspired me to work larger in print.


Cutting very large pieces of lino is pretty hard work so I used to cut these large linos in the direct sunshine when it was hot summer (it made cutting easier) and I then spent the cooler autumn days printing them so that the ink wouldn’t dry too quickly.

Adam and Eve 1989; 58 x 113cm Ink on Japanese paper
That Ancient Attraction; 1989 50 x 75.5cm Ink and acrylic on Japanese paper

Where I have coloured my prints I’ve used transparent acrylics because it works well on the Japanese paper that I’ve printed them on.
It is smooth, beautiful and absorbent, and being made from cotton can be lightly ironed with a cool iron, should any of the prints should happen to get creased in storage!

In the pursuit of passion; 1989 50 x 75.5cm Ink and acrylic on Japanese paper
The Embrace; 1991 Graphite on Mulberry paper 90 x 150cm

This last image, the one above, is softer because I ‘ve used graphite instead of the usual oil- based intense black ink for the base.
The Embrace is printed on Mulberry paper which is a more textured but fragile paper than the Japanese papers used in the other prints above. Because it is easily torn I’ve made it available for sale framed even though it is large, measuring more than a metre.
Unlike the others it is a one-off print – and the method here is called ‘Frottage’ – it’s like brass rubbing really. The image is built up from rubbing a selection of surfaces or textures; for all my frottages I’ve used parts of the actual linos that have been cut …

It is possible to click on each image to view on Artfinder.
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All images copyright Phyllis Mahon. A member of Design & Artists Copyright Society, London.

Thank you for reading …

Dancing with imaginary men!

“Dancing with an imaginary man” – I first used this title in 2001 and have used it frequently in my newer works on Khadi handmade paper.

Here are some of the works created with a dancing theme in mind; it’s been one of my most popular! All images are 30 x 43 cm and on beautiful Indian “Khadi” handmade paper – with a deckled edge.

Dancing with an imaginary man Private collection California USA

The above image is in California and the following four images are in private collections in Lincolnshire, UK …

These two images are in Private Collections in Spain …

Then I decided that women could dance with goldfinches !
Dancing with a goldfinch 2016 30 x 43 cm Click to view on artfinder.com

Thank you for looking & if you like my works please share!

All images ©PhyllisMahon
A member of Design & Artists Copyright Society, London


iPad imagery inspired by Hafiz poetry

Your soul once sat on an easel…

What a wonderful phrase! Not mine but a direct line from one of Hafiz’s poems.

I have always loved reading the poetry of Hafiz, who lived in Persia in the 12th century. Probably the one snippet that has been my inspiration over the past few years has been ‘The lips of the one I love are my perpetual pleasure. The Lord be Praised for my Heart’s desire is attained…’

As some of you may know I also love to work on my iPad on a wonderful app called ‘Paper 53’ – last night I uploaded some of these Hafiz inspired images, as well as some other ipad drawings onto a site called Finearteurope. So a perfect opportunity to merge two good ideas.


I am quite taken with www.finearteurope.com – there is a chance to sell originals at 0% (I have never experienced this before in my quest to sell online) – they put a potential buyer in touch with the artist directly… but where they DO make their money is from selling an artist’s images as prints, cards, canvas prints but also onto cushions, mobile phone cases! This I do not mind; even if I only get a tiny mark-up: I see it as making imagery accessible that never sees the light of day in my studio plan-chest drawers. For someone like me  with a prolific output, I am hoping that it’s the way to get ‘out there.’

As soon as I uploaded one of my black and white images, Girls Frills, a friend bought a throw pillow in that design…it is going to look great! First sale in I trust many.

Finearteurope and Fineartamerica are one and the same…see some of my iPad drawings and more of my works on www.phyllis-mahon.artistgalleries.com

Some lovely Hafiz quotes:

Phyllis Mahon June 16th 2015