French Chef


The chef is Christian Blusset who owned the Auberge Val d’Ainan in Saint-Geoire-en-Valdaine. He had a wonderful Stalinesque moustache which was fun to draw, but I also enjoyed drawing the food including langoustine and the collection of ladles and sieves on the wall behind him. He was an excellent chef but now sadly retired from the village.

Published in a small, signed, strictly limited edition of 60 prints, printed in black on Japanese handmade paper and then coloured by the artist. Size 9.25 ins x 12 ins.



The art of the woodcut dates back to the 14th century in Germany and reached the golden age in the 15th century with Durer. The French Post Impressionists were influenced by Japanese prints and Gauguin made his first print in Tahiti in the 1980’s. Eduard Munch was an important influence on the modern printmakers as he used the grain of the wood as texture in his prints. It is this quality that makes it an exciting medium to work in.
A woodcut is made by cutting a relief image into the long grain of a piece of wood, as opposed to a wood engraving which is cut into the end grain. The wood blocks are then inked up and printed in the required sequence completing the final image. The majority of the prints in this series have been hand painted by the artist after the first impression.
Every print in the edition is then approved, numbered, and signed by the artist. The woodblock is then scored to ensure that no further prints can be made. Because of the nature of the printing process, as opposed to a mechanical process, each print is an original with slight variations from others in the edition. The hand colouring by the artist creates additional variations.
‘Imp’, after the artist’s signature means that the printing has been done by the artist.


Additional information

Weight 0.560 kg
Dimensions 45.0 × 35.0 × 2.0 cm