Val Akula

Val Akula

Cambridge, MA
Waking up in New York, linoleum with hand coloring
25 x 28

Although I work in a variety of mediums, relief printmaking is my primary form of expression. The majority of my prints are created from carved linoleum blocks. Depending on the size of the block, some pieces take up to several months to carve. I do all my printing by hand, without a press, which entails applying pressure with a spoon to the back of the print as it lies on the inked block. This is a slow and physical process, but it offers me greater control over the final image. My prints are generally smaller in size because of this approach to my printing, with a more modest number in each edition.

Waking up in New York is a linoleum block print. It was printed on Rives Lightweight paper and then colored by hand using watercolors and colored pencils.