This linocut is a fun and comic depiction of a large woman who seems to be dreaming. Her hands are beautifully drawn and poised peacefully on her lap. It looks like she is yawning or about to say something. Her long fingernails, along with her neat hair bun, dangling earrings and makeup, inform us of what kind of woman this must be. Her shape is slanted to one side, and her shoulders are very broad, but she is no less glamorous because of it.
Willie Rodger (1930-2018) was a Scottish artist and printmaker, specializing in anecdotal prints made with linocuts 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 linocut.
"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 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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