by Sar Sehg in New Art on Monday 30 September 2013

George Raab is an Intaglio printmaker whose powerful images of the Canadian wilderness have earned him recognition and awards provincially, nationally and around the globe. Raab, who is based in Ontario, Canada, uses an etching needle and draws through the ground, exposing the metal beneath it.

The plate is then immersed in an acid bath and the lines which have been drawn are bitten or etched away: ‘The longer it stays in the acid, the deeper the bite, the more ink it will hold and the darker the resulting tone will be. With intaglio the ink sits right up on the paper and a really deep bite creates a raised area which almost casts shadows’.