This wee colour lino-cut by Scottish artist Willie Rodgers (1930-2018) shows two friends quaintly and closely linked together. They look like two proud and powerful women, neither one more powerful, proud or beautiful than the other. He captures the roundness of the female form and brings the two women together in one harmonious shape. He emphasizes the twin-like similarities the two women share, thus drawing more attention to the intensity of their friendship. Their hands clamp round each other’s arms in an identical fashion as if they are one joint force. However, the contrasts which set them apart are all the more interesting; the shape of their eyes and lips, the style of their hair, the way their breasts point in opposite directions and the thickness of the figure outlines.
Willie Rodger (1930-2018) was a Scottish artist and printmaker, specializing in anecdotal prints made with lino-cuts and has enjoyed experimenting with innovative craft techniques. His work has been described as contrasting a boldness and delicacy, together with a combination of tones of austerity and wit. Willie's strategic use of his medium exposes the maximum potential of it, whilst simultaneously maintaining an economic use of lino-cut.
"The prints may seem like a spontaneous, first time thing but in fact I go through hundreds of versions and sheets of paper editing, editing till I get it right." Willie Rodger
Willie Rodger was born in Kirkintilloch and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1954. After working as an art teacher at Clydebank High School from 1968-87, he left teaching to be a full time artist. He has exhibited widely all over the UK and also abroad, in both solo and group shows, and has also done a large number of commissions of public graphic art.
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