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Thu, May 04


Worcester Center for Crafts

Expressive Figurative

Black & White Linocuts By Ralph Ferro

Expressive Figurative

Time & Location

May 04, 5:30 PM – May 20, 5:00 PM

Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Rd, Worcester, MA 01605, USA

About the Event

The Krikorian Gallery presents

Expressive Figurative

Black & White Linocuts By Ralph Ferro


I became interested in printmaking after discovering the black and white woodcuts of the German Expressionist artists. It was the work of Kathe Kollwitz that moved me the most. Her powerful imagery stayed with me long after viewing. Like the Expressionists, I strive to evoke mood and emotion through my work. My Christian faith, as well as growing up in a diverse housing project, has also influenced me. I ground my compositions in the observation of life and human relationships. I enjoy producing pieces with biblical topics, musical themes, and folk art. I add words to some of my compositions to add interest. It is not important to me to create an aesthetically pretty scene, rather one that speaks to the observer. There is a story in each piece. Within that story comes emotional expression that I hope the viewer can capture. 

The adaptability of the medium encourages individual approaches and a variety of cuts. When I begin a work, I sketch and develop the piece directly on the linoleum. Once developed, I carve into the linoleum whittling away the un-drawn areas, understanding that the image will print in reverse. I leave room for free expression in the cutting of each individual piece. I apply ink to the linoleum block, put paper over the inked area, and use a hand press for the printing. The paper is lifted, transferring the image. The result is a print with striking differences between the dark and light tones, making the stylized figures come to life with character and personality.


Opening Reception: May 4, 5:30-7:30pm

Free & open to the public

Krikorian Gallery Hours:

Sunday: Closed

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10am-5pm


Thursday: 10am-8pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 10am-5pm

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