Jake Aikman

Recent Woodcut, 2022

The lake’s weather can change drastically, and it can, in turn, change the mood of the people. The locals often spoke to me about how that body of water affected their emotions.

Jake Aikman
b. 1978
London, England


Recent Monotypes, 2020
Recent Woodcut, 2021
Recent Woodcut, 2022

South Atlantic Press is proud to announce our second woodcut print collaboration with Jake Aikman.

Woodcut is a relief printing technique in printmaking. An image is carved into the surface of a block of wood — typically with gouges — leaving the printing parts level with the surface while removing the non-printing parts. The areas cut away carry no ink, while the image at surface level carries ink to produce the print. To make an impression on paper, the surface of the block is covered with ink by rolling over the surface with an ink-covered roller and then running this through a press.

Jake Aikman was born in London in 1978 and lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained his Masters of Fine Arts in 2008 from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, after completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005.

Aikman had his first solo exhibition This Must Be The Place in 2006. Since then, he has presented five solo exhibitions including Echoes in 2009, Proximity in 2011, and At the Quiet Limit in 2013 at SMAC Gallery. His solo exhibition Confini Velati/Veiled Boundaries was presented in 2014 in Rome following a residency in Trevignano Romano in Italy, which was facilitated by the Centro Luigi Di Sarro.

In 2009, Aikman exhibited in L’Anima Del Acqua: The Spirit of Water an exhibition presented as part of the 53rd Venice Biennale. He was also an invited artist for the 4th Beijing International Art Biennale and exhibited in Paralleli, an official exhibition to the 2nd Sabbioneta Biennale in 2010, and the Olympic Fine Arts exhibition Creative Cities Collection that was held at the Barbican Centre in London in 2012.

Jake Aikman presented Vestiges a solo show with Suburbia Contemporary in Granada, Spain in May 2018. In the following two years, Aikman participated in the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa, and Future Fair New York, New York, USA both in 2020, a solo presentation at Arte Fiera Bologna, Italy in 2019, as well as Art Verona also in 2019 and The Others Art Fair, Turin, Italy in 2018, all with Suburbia Contemporary.

This year, Aikman took part in the Investec Cape Town Art Fair and Future Fair New York with Suburbia Contemporary and his solo exhibition Still the Light Reaches Us opened in Barcelona in December last year and concluded in February.


Here and Now / Janus Atlantic
Woodcut on Japanese washi fixed to Fabriano, 300 gsm
Paper size: 750 x 1290 mm
Image size: 555 x 1200 mm
Edition of 30 
R12 000


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