Bryan Nash Gill Relief Prints

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I am extremely excited to welcome Bryan Nash Gill and to announce that we are offering his work at Ashes & Milk. As a lover of natural textures and literal translations of beauty, I am completely embraced by the above print. Through relief printing and a laborious rubbing technique Byran created the above piece Hemlock 82 (Bryan literally scratched his fingernails over every surface of the tree). At the grand size of 52″ long x 38.5″ wide the actual diameter, texture and pattern of this tree section is gorgeously translated onto paper.

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Living next to an old mill, Bryan is able to procure beautiful specimens to his studio. The above image shows Bryan preparing the surface of a Hemlock tree cross section into a print block.

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Ink is rolled out and a piece of handcrafted washi paper is placed over the print block. Pressing little by little with his fingertips, Bryan imprints the texture of the wood on the surface of the paper. I love the idea that Bryan had to literally touch each tree-growth-ring in order to deposit its mark.

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When meeting and writing about the artists whose work we represent on Ashes & Milk I enjoy the opportunity to learn new things and to engage in a sort of personal self reflection. In respect of Bryan Nash Gill, I am especially pleased to say how much his prints reminds me of a collection of my own, which I will share with you one day in detail. For now here is a peek.

I also like to compare similar themes running through some of my favorite pieces of artwork and the artists who create them. Bryan’s work makes me think of the science of dendrochronology, as well as this etching by Claudi Casanova and Kia Neill’s Graphite Drawings.

Bryan Nash Gill created Hemlock 82 exclusively for Ashes & Milk.

[ You can see more here. ]

46 responses
1:47 pm
tracy wrote:

WOW, i love the technique!

(the tree stumps are amazing too.)

8:31 pm
lucy wrote:

It’s a lovely piece! But wouldn’t it more accurately be called a relief print and not a lithograph?

8:36 pm
nikko wrote:

Lucy, you may be correct about that. Perhaps I should call it a “wood block print.”

10:43 am
SugarSenior wrote:


9:52 am
shawna wrote:

is it one of a kind, or has he/will he make many more from the same section of tree?

2:17 pm
nikko wrote:


We are offering Hemlock 82 as part of a limited edition series of 12, which means the number of prints struck from this particular tree is 12.


2:59 pm
karen wrote:

such a stunningly simple, beautiful, and perfect work of art.

6:28 pm
roxy wrote:

oh my goodness…this is so inspiring!!! :)

10:30 am
fipas wrote:

Love it! Fantastic! Pure inspiration!

11:42 am
JOlene wrote:

this is awesome! what a fabulous idea and ode to nature.

10:12 am
Carme wrote:

Beautiful art!
My best wishes Carmelita

1:49 pm
nikole wrote:

wow, this is beautiful

11:08 am
Linda wrote:

That’s amazing! I want to try that. It’s a great way to immortalize trees that are being cut down. It would make a great art exhibit…

12:57 pm
Tim wrote:

Amazing. Great job! Would love to see these.

2:09 pm
Carla wrote:

Simply superb. Nature is the most amazing artist. I only wish I could afford one.

3:00 pm
nataJane wrote:

These prints are beautiful!

4:22 pm
Melissa wrote:

Amazing! Beautiful! I love the texture.

4:25 pm
dasha wrote:

for sale?

4:28 pm
nikko wrote:

Thank you everyone! Bryan Nash Gill certainly created a beauty of a relief print.

Dasha, yes. This print is called Hemlock 82 and is for sale right here:


7:56 pm
ninbroken52 wrote:

that’s just crazy!

7:11 am
Sarah wrote:

I think this is awful. That tree is older than he is and I’m sure it was much more beautiful alive. To cut it down and use it to print one sheet of paper with its rings and sell it for $4k is purely disgusting.

7:26 am
nikko wrote:


Thank you for expressing your thoughts about the tree print. I wanted to let you know that Bryan salvaged this tree section from an old mill. I think it is a beautiful way to commemorate this tree that would have otherwise been discarded.

Bryan like many artists who work with wood obtain their materials this way, re-purposing materials that would normally be discarded and making them into something beautiful.


5:45 am
Ronie wrote:

This is a brilliant idea! Your work just goes to show, organic is always beautiful. Can’t go wrong! Do you sell these prints, I would love to get my hands on some.

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6:28 am
Alice wrote:

this a very simple/yet genius idea !!!
i love it !

2:03 pm
Dave wrote:

Nice idea!!

5:33 pm
megan wrote:

this is soo rad!
i would love to have one,
do you sell them?

8:25 pm
Peter Tang wrote:

…amazing!!!! sustainable art?! …

2:46 pm
ryan wrote:

it’s not simple!

I tried this with a cherry wood stump and it didn’t work!

somehow the rings are raised enough to be transferred to paper, i wonder if hemlock dries like that of it he did it???

2:53 pm
nikko wrote:

I agree, Ryan! -Often the most seemingly simplistic designs and concepts are way more complex to achieve than we realize, thus why I love Bryan Nash Gill and his work.

You’ll have to keep us up to date on your experiments!

9:52 am
Bruno wrote:

This kind of art work blows my mind. Kudos to Byran for bringing his art to the general public.

6:56 pm
Scott Beveridge wrote:

That is art that I’d pay for. Fantastic!

4:52 pm
deb wrote:


8:33 am
kath wrote:

Very beautiful! I say kudos to those who DO use and re-purpose materials. We need/use wood in everyday life; its renewable, and why NOT use all of it, if it would just be left to rot anyhow? And what a beautiful cut of wood too; I wonder what made it grow so oddly…

8:05 pm
Fran wrote:

Beautiful – but he scratched these lines with HIS FINGERNAIL. This seems more like his interpretation of the tree rings rather than an imprint of the rings. The tree is the model. Like I said, very beautiful, but it seems like his work is being presented as an imprint of the tree, when it is really an imprint of his fingernail in the ink.

9:33 pm
Arturo Fuente Cigars wrote:

This is really interesting! My parents have an old tree that has to be cut down because it is diseased.. it’d be neat to have one of these imprints done for them and framed because that tree was very special to us growing up…

1:51 pm
Jeff wrote:

Love this so much.

*stares blankly at “Sarah” above*


12:25 am
Kim wrote:

These are AMAZING!!!!!! So pretty, delicate and just naturally beautiful. I want one!!!

7:17 am
Amazing Art wrote:

Nice Post, I would to share with you another artist profile. Looking at fascinating paintings of Lisa Fittipaldi, will u believe that she is blind. She started painting in 1995 but her vision was constantly dropping down and after two years she was completely blind. Its simply beyond imagination that in a short period of two years, she integrate herself with this new phase of life full of darkness. Read her story

12:27 pm
kim baise wrote:

Fantastical! I just discovered Bryan Nash’s work from a slideshow my printmaking professor gave. I was drawn to his red inked stump and wanted to find out more…. I am speechless!!!

2:01 pm
tahir ali wrote:

i really like really like

6:48 am
Mel, Chromatic Tuner wrote:

Amazing works! This guy is real talent.

1:33 pm
Caitlin Deane wrote:

What kind of ink does he use? Any specific printmaking black ink?

I have an old tree stump that my parents had to cut down in our front yard because it was diseased and dying as well, and I’d love to make a print of my tree to commemorate it’s life and my history with it…thanks!

11:15 pm
Casey McGarr wrote:

Interesting process to preserve the history of a fallen tree.

1:59 am
Michael Alexander wrote:

Great printmaking experiment, fascinating result. Another way to visually print the nature’s fingerprint.

3:54 pm
Sue Donaldson wrote:

I appreciate Bryan Nash Gill’s work. I just finished reading and totally enjoying his book WOODCUT. He documents the nature that is around him in a unique creative manner.

9:23 am
Micki Fogarty wrote:

My condolences to Bryan’s family.
His work is incredible. I have a piece of a glorious
Tree stump , the result of a major storm.
I know Bryan would love it as well.
Our prayers are with you all God bless Bryan.

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