Linocut artist Aileen Brown is an expert in colour and composition. Her artworks perfectly capture the mood of summer.  

View of the beach, sea and green rolling hills of Moggs Creek, on the Great Ocean Road.
Moggs Creek, 2021. Linocut by Aileen Brown. This item is in copyright; H2023.43/18 

Each time I look at Brown’s prints, I see different themes emerge. Sometimes it is the movement of city life, the urban landscape changing around us. But now amid the heat of summer, I’m connecting with the warm tones and languid scenes.  

Beach view at Portsea with a row of bathing boxes on the sand and a line of trees and scrub behind.
Bathing boxes – Portsea, 1996. Linocut by Aileen Brown. This item is in copyright; H2023.43/31
Seven acrobats in a balance formation, with one acrobat on top.
Sosina Wendesen Tadios Sissay Abay Abera – Hassan on top, 1998. Linocut by Aileen Brown. This item is in copyright; H2023.43/12

Brown’s prints recollect the feeling of having spent a lazy day at the beach. Tired, sandy and happy.  

Her bold and sharp images spark childhood nostalgia for road trips and activities; for made up games with my sisters; adventures in nature.  

Six young people down on the ground watching the water on the banks of the lake at the Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.
Watching the eels, 1989. Linocut by Aileen Brown. This item is in copyright; H2023.43/26

There is comfort in the artworks, an appreciation for the small moments in life, the everyday minutia of summer holidays. 

Five women wearing headscarves and head coverings seated beside a lake at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
At the gardens, 1993. Linocut by Aileen Brown. This item is in copyright; H2023.43/8

Brown has exhibited her art since the 1980s and has also illustrated a number of books. A striking example of her intricate cutting and layering skills can be seen in this self-portrait. 

The artist in her garden, wearing a stripey shirt and standing on a yellow chair. She is at full reach, trimming the top a large cumquat tree.
Trimming the cumquat tree, 2002. Linocut by Aileen Brown. This item is in copyright; H2023.43/17

Linocut artworks can be achieved with different techniques. Brown, who also teaches art, uses both the multi block technique and the reduction technique. Her website has some examples of both processes, showing how the carving and printing process develops to create the finished print. 

Each image below shows a different layer being printed from different blocks and the cumulative outcome. The last layer is the rain fall.

Multi Block Linocut Technique – Cardboard Umbrella, 2017. Blog post by Aileen Brown, 2017. Copyright Aileen Brown. Reproduced with permission. 

It is fascinating to see behind the scenes of the artist’s work and the technical process of layering colour light to dark for the image construction.  

The example above is for a multi block print called Cardboard umbrella. It is similar to one of the prints the library acquired called The umbrella. This work perfectly captures the experience of an unpredictable weather change in Melbourne.  

The umbrella, 1994. Linocut by Aileen Brown. This item is in copyright; H2023.43/21

To see all 32 of the recently acquired and digitised artworks by Aileen Brown, follow this link,
Collection of linocuts of people and places in Victoria by Aileen Brown.

Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Aileen Brown, 2022. 

All images in copyright to Aileen Brown and have been reproduced with permission. 

For more on Aileen Brown’s art:  

Artist website

Aileen Brown : Australian Art and Artists file.

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