Crosscut, Backwoodsman song book
Rob Niezen is a painter, printmaker and illustrator living and working Douro, near Peterborough. In printmaking he creates narrative pieces, working primarily with linocuts, including reduction prints. Recent work includes ‘Cross Cut’, a series of linocuts of traditional songs from Ontario from a contemporary perspective, using the traditional method of carving the material, and contemporary and experimental ways of mark making, including drilling, scratching, laser engraving and etching. An illustrated songbook co-produced with music historian Dr. Allan Kirby, and a music CD with traditional music group Backwoodsmen are also part of this project.
Rob created the illustrations for Ameliya Disappears, a children’s book published in 2021 by Jamaican author Angela Punky Stultz, and is also available at Watson & Lou. In 2015 Peterborough County awarded Rob Niezen a Leadership in Arts & Culture Recognition Award. He was a board member at the Art School of Peterborough for six years, and is still involved as a volunteer. His work is in private and corporate collections across Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States and Canada, including Peterborough Regional Health Centre, SickKids Toronto and Siemens Canada.
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