Actus Reus Press

345 Lauriston Reservoir Road
+61 0412 659 838
Lawrence's work does not shy away from the gritty, dark underbelly of the Australian political landscape. He is one of the very few artists in this country, willing to expose socio-political truths with an eye for detail and talent that demands attention. The printmaking medium has historically been utilised as a tool of irreverent communication, Finn has seized and mastered this art form to convey his message with visually articulate power, not seen since the 1950's in this country. Australia needs artists like Lawrence Finn, an artist not ashamed to hold a dark mirror up to our social conscience".
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Interview with Lawrence from Actus Reus Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
at the age of 16 I was admitted to art school, at 17; I became committed to fine art printmaking...
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
The silence in my mind when I print, & the way that it all comes together to give a powerful voice to the muted...
What inspires you?: 
2000ad, Mike McMahon, George Grosz, Franz Masereel, Glasgow Print Studio and the artists that hang around there, Letterpress printers who are passionate (especially those who have never wiped ink off a roller but really want to because they just know deep down that is what they want to do), Steve Parkhouse, Nigel Gurney, The Wayzgoose Press (Mike and Jadwiga), the Anarchists, the malcontents and Kermit the frog...
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
Asbern, C&P 7x11, Ronai proofer... I now also a small Kelsey (for teaching children and demonstrations), and a 1959 Windmill. In the near future I am expecting delivery of a Golding jobber and 2 small Kelsey's. Magnani Veroni, Shaunycreek 120gsm (a very rare paper now days), Arches (occasionally but only when I'm desperate), and there is a 90gsm Canson that is quite nice book paper.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Ugly stories for Beautiful people!
What kind of products do you create?: 
Fine art prints, books, cards, posters...
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
The Actus Reus Press has changed. We have moved premises to a purpose built 72sqm studio in Kyneton Victoria. We have also changed the name of the press to Hipcat Printery (the actus reus press survives as an imprint of the HipCat Printery). We are still offering workshops and custom printing, but now we are offering flatbed printing and platen printing have a look at the HipCat profile on welove letterpress or take a look at for more details!
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
If you fall in love, tell everyone...
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