Jane Lydbury           


Jane Lydbury is an illustrator and printmaker. 


“I love the way relief printmaking transforms an initial drawing or painting. 


Relief printing is basically stamping an inked surface on to paper.  If I start with an initial drawing, painting or daydream, I see the relief printmaking process transform it excitingly as the paper lifts from the block to reveal the cut shapes. 


I’m interested in the possibility of the many ways of relief printmaking.  Wood engraving was the first kind I learnt.  It is wonderful for making small, precious images that go well with text (although it has many other possibilities).


At the moment I’m enjoying exploring printmaking in colour, adding layers of colour to an image by the reduction method.  I’m interested in the workings of the unconscious, how dreams transform the everyday into the archetypal,  a transformative quality that is shared with the  printmaking process. “


Jane Lydbury has had her illustration work published by the Folio Society, Oxford University Press and Penguin Books among others.  She has also had her wood engravings published by private presses, most recently the Reading Room Press, Fine Press Poetry and the Jericho Press.  Her prints have been exhibited mainly at the Southbank Printmakers but also elsewhere, including with the Society of Wood Engravers, the Affordable Art Fair and at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. 


She also paints, mainly in watercolours, which provides much inspiration for printmaking.  

Apollo and Daphne

Wood engraving

10.5 x 13cms £190

Critical Care


15 x 11cms £85

Talking to the Moon

Wood engraving 

15 x 11cms £85

The Gardener

Wood engraving

15 x 11cms £85

Based on Andrew Motion's poem of the same name, from his series 'Coming Home'.  For complete poem click here

The King

Wood engraving


The Old Stone Steps


12.5 x 8cms £85

The Shepherd

Wood engraving

11 x 10cms £180

Song of Solomon: Night

Wood engraving

12 x 9 cms £220

Venus and Adonis

Wood engraving

10.5 x 13cms £190

Song of Solomon: Day

Wood engraving

13 x 8 cms £220

Actaeon and Diana

Wood engraving

10.5 x 13 cms £190

Odin and Billing's daughter

Wood engraving £190

Enlightenment (Greenwich Royal Observatory

Wood engraving £225

Riding Home

Wood engraving

 10 x 12cms £135

Denizen of the Night


15.5 x 17.5 cms £135

Emily Dickinson

7.5 x 5 cms £65

Southbank Printmakers

Unit12, Gabriel's Wharf,

56 Upper Ground,

London SE1 9PP 


Tel: 020 7928 8184

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