The technique I apply in my work as a printmaker originated in the 15th and 16th centuries. Little has changed in the method. I am thus a continuator of an ancient European tradition of graphic art. I draw the picture on a metal plate that has been polished and covered with a certain compound. Thereafter, the drawing is to be etched. Finally, after several complicated stages, the picture will be printed on a printing paper by using a press.

In my colour graphics I only combine two component colours. Each of those I need to prepare a separate plate for.

My artistic work has its origins in experiencing the nature, entangled by music, history and tales. All this filters through my personal experiences. Like I was illustrating my own wanderings.


© Juha Tammenpää