11" x 14" matted print of an 8" x 10" giclee printed original. Printed and assembled in Hawaii. Frame not included.
Title : 'Square Route'
In this woodcut print, Kean depicts a barreling wave that is almost square in dimension and large enough to drive a bus through! This phenomenon is the result of a large open ocean swell combined with an offshore wind and a shallow stretch of reef. Not exactly the best place for a casual swim!
A Pennsylvania native residing on the North Shore of Oahu since 2008, Steve Kean is an artist working primarily in the woodcut method of relief printmaking. Woodcut is a technique where the artist carves into a block of wood, leaving raised areas to receive ink. The ink block is then printed on paper.
‘The process of carving wood evokes emotions that are similar to those experienced when riding a wave. I enter a soothing, therapeutic, almost meditative state when driving a gouge through the block. The sensation of carving a smooth line is similar to the feeling of sliding on the surface of a wave. In each activity, I’m harnessing a certain energy. I seek to challenge myself in conveying this parallel to the viewer through the repetition of crisp line work and elegant mark making. It is an exploration into the dichotomy of stillness verses movement.’