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William Hays Linocut Prints

William Hays Linocut Prints

For Vermont artist William Hays, the idea of positive and negative is everything but black and white. He takes the simplicity of linoleum block printing to new levels with his beautiful and complex prints. Each of Hays prints unfolds, color by color into a layered mosaic of carved shapes, carefully fitted into a composition that conjures a sense of mood and place dear to the heart of the artist.

Recognition and Awards Earned by William H. Hays

William Hays works are included in private collections in more than 25 countries around the world and in almost every state in America. His work is part of the permanent collection of the State of Vermont. His works have earned multiple awards and recognition on a national and regional level. Most recently, Hays was honored by the Boston Athenaeum when they purchased 17 of his pieces for their permanent collection. Hays also received the printmaking award from the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen in the summer of 2017. His work has been featured in American Artist Magazine and Artist's Magazine and published in calendars, other periodicals and as greeting card images.

William H. Hays' Background

Born in 1956, Vermont artist William Hays has been creating beautiful works of art for more than 40 years. He began painting in watercolors as a teenager and eventually ended up with a degree in sculpture from the University of Alaska in Anchorage (after another degree in Geography in Virginia). He moved to Vermont from Alaska in 1987 and concentrated on painting in oils. He was regularly recognized as one of the region's leading painters of the New England landscape. Since 2012 Hays has concentrated his creative efforts exclusively on linocut printmaking.

Linocut Fine Art Prints

Carved block printing is the oldest form of making multiples of an image on paper. Using complex color is less ancient but is still a traditional technique. Hays has taken the (normally) simple process of block printing to new levels. His prints transcend the limitations of a knife and a block of linoleum. His careful and intricate techniques of carving are brilliantly reflected in the rich textures and colors of these intimate prints. From the traditional to the innovative techniques of reduction printing, Hays’ linocut prints stand apart in execution and design.

These prints are original works of art, not reproductions. Each is hand printed by the artist on 100% rag paper using oil-based inks. They are created in strictly limited editions. When the last print in the edition is sold, they are no longer available. You will see several of William's prints in our selection that are the last ones available from the edition. Hays' prints are available matted with museum quality matboard or matted and framed in a simple Mahogany finish, wood frame.