Hand-worked print by Denis Brown

The Moving Finger Writes         Magnify
Special large format, hand-worked edition print

Stunning new calligraphy by Denis Brown with inspirational texts about writing, presented as an innovative special edition print on thickly painted paper with handwritten sgraffiti and flecks of gold leaf.

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Archival giclée on 140lb watercolor paper with a custom coating applied by hand.
Size (approximately): 17” x 28” / 43 x 72 cm
Limited edition of 150 original prints on hand-painted paper, with thick white brushstrokes, sgraffiti, and flecks of genuine gold leaf under the printed image. Each print is hand finished, signed and numbered by the artist.

Texts: Headline from the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”. The main text is a poetic extract on writing and lettering from the foreword to Friedrich Neugebauer's book "The Mystic Art of Written Forms".

detail in raking light

Photo in raking light: hand-painted brushstrokes of white gesso underly the print, adding to the rhythmic movement. The surface also features flecks of gold leaf.
Note: Hand painting results in prints that are not 100% flat, but have slight undulations typical of handmade art. This should be considered a quality, not a flaw, and will easily be managed by any picture framer accustomed to handling original art.



Printed from an Epson 3800 using Epson’s 9-color UltraChrome ink system at 2880 dpi on Bockingford watercolor paper, with a custom coating to facilitate crisp long lasting quality. Detail is super fine at this resolution, almost 10 times finer than commercial printing, so that even under a magnifying glass, prints hold up to close scrutiny.


Hand-worked print by Denis Brown

A flourished border includes drawings of dozens of animal heads, whose tongues flourish around their necks!

Hand-worked print by Denis Brown


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