Linea wood engravings

A collection of unique wood engravings, made with a combination of different techniques.

Up close you mainly see a tangle of abstract lines, an almost chaotic fusion of shapes and patterns, just like the incomprehensible formulas used by AI to calculate. I wanted the viewer to first experience a sense of confusion when approaching the artwork. But once they step back and see the portrait, I hope they are surprised and feel an unexpected emotional connection. With the portraits I try to evoke a feeling of connection, while they are not real people, but purely the result of cool AI calculations. My intention was to make the viewer think about what is real and perception, what is abstract and concrete. It is an invitation to look at the world from different perspectives and to realize that sometimes distance is needed to understand the whole. ” - Matthijs Keuper

How do I make my engravings?

The merger of art and technology has always caused debate. Consider the introduction of photography in the 19th century and later the rise of generative art via computers. Now art made with Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the center of this discussion.

With this series of wood engravings I combine technologies at different levels: from AI and generative algorithms to machining and old-fashioned handicrafts.

  • Artificial intelligence

    The journey starts with artificial intelligence. With the help of AI I create very realistic, photographic portraits. A fascinating and also strange process in which the AI ​​generates portraits of non-existent people, purely based on detailed descriptions.

  • Generative code

    I then use my generative code to convert the photos into vector drawings. Mathematical algorithms and tricks translate the complex details of the human face into an intriguing labyrinth of lines and curves. Due to the generative code, each portrait is unique in its interplay of lines, even if the same portrait photo is used.

  • Laser engraving

    After this digital creation it is time for a physical manifestation. My self-built laser machine engraves the lines with precision in black wood. But due to the contrast of black on black, the interplay of lines is barely visible.

  • Applying oil paint

    The final step: inspired by old masters, I mix linseed oil and pigment powders into an oil paint with the right consistency. This is manually applied to the engraved lines, making them visible and creating depth, color and texture. The result is reminiscent of an engraving in black granite, where the grooves form a play of contrast and texture against the black wood.

Have a portrait made

It is also possible to have a wood engraving made. This can be done on the basis of an existing photo or, for the best results, in collaboration with a professional photographer. Contact us for the possibilities.