#29 Woodcarving: Scandinavian flat-plane
Scandinavian flat-plane carving.
“The Scandinavian flat-plane style of woodcarving is a style of figure carving. The figures are carved in large flat planes, created primarily using a carving knife. Tool marks are left in the carving and very little (if any) rounding or sanding is done. Swedish-born American artist, Emil Janel was considered by many to be the one of the best of this genre.” (Wikipedia)
One of my favorite Scandinavian style carvers is Harley Refsal. He has followed well in the tradition of Emil Janel.
Shadows and clean lines make a visually pleasing presentation for a flat-plane piece.
A minimum of cuts used to create the shadow lines requires long, smooth strokes of a very sharp knife.
The paint job also adds to the appeal of these flat plain carvings. A light wash of color allows the wood grain to come through as can be seen in the side views above.
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1