In the woodcut print Oh No! we see a guitar-playing figure who is seated near a fire and surrounded by a number of animals. The coyotes are howling in the distance and the figure is singing. The horse does not appear to appreciate the singer’s rendition, as the cloud above his head says, “Oh No! Not Again!” Yuristy playfully gives the animals human qualities.
Russell Yuristy is clearly having fun with his choice of subject matter for Oh No!. He uses a naïve almost child-like style of imagery, combined with a sense of humour to produce his technically astute and visibly enjoyable work. Yuristy’s inspiration is based on real-life experiences with nature, animals and popular culture, as well as on an appreciation of the world around him.
This woodcut print was initially made by carving directly into a smooth flat block of wood. All areas to remain white in the print are carved away while the black areas are left untouched. The carving lines and the directions the artist carved become important textural considerations for the final image. In printing this woodblock, Yuristy would roll a thin layer of black ink over the carved surface and drop a sheet of clean white paper on top. The back of the paper is then rubbed with a baren or the artist’s hands. Where the paper touches the surface of the wood block the ink is transferred. The resulting print is black-and-white with many patterns and textural components.