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Grenzen / Hranice




Grenzen / Hranice (Borders) is a dialogue between the two artists Paul Tuttas and Johannes Steubl. They sent their graphics and texts on the subject of borders back and forth to each other, from Prague to Regensburg and back. Paul Tuttas chose printmaking as his technique for the dialogue woodcut, linocut, material print and more. Johannes Steubl in turn drew his pictures.
        Format and colour remain the same but the motifs and words change. Sometimes they refer abstractly and other times quite concretely to borders but they always return to the stories and landscapes of the Bavarian-Czech border region. 


Separated by borders,
connected by words and images
we search for a line,
digging through stories,
exploring landscapes.

  • The dialogue begins.
  • There and back, there and back, there and...

       — from the introduction chapter of Grenzen / Hranice




  • Year: 2023
  • Publisher: none (author’s book) 
  • Language: German, Czech 
  • Design: Paul Tuttas
  • Illustration and text: Paul Tuttas, Johannes Steubl
  • Edition: 60
  • Size: 35×22 cm
  • Pages: 68
  • Print: digital and letterpress
  • Binding: glued softcover




Rilke: The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge


During my studies at UMPRUM, I undertook the re-design of Rainer Maria Rilke's novel Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge (The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge) in collaboration with Šimon Brzobohatý. Together, we conceptualized a fresh approach to the book, with my prints serving as visual interpretations of select text fragments, capturing objects, situations and locations.




  • Project: Rainer Maria Rilke:
    Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge
  • Year: 2023
  • Language: German
  • Layout: Šimon Brzobohatý
  • Illustration: Paul Tuttas
  • Publisher: no publisher (student project)
  • Size: 18 × 12 cm
  • Pages: 216
  • Technique: digital print and screenprint




  • AW: Transfragmentierte




AW: Transfragmentierte was an installation by Johannes Steubl and Paul Tuttas in the neunkubikmeter gallery in Regensburg, Germany. The motifs were worked out in a dialogue by sending sketches on the topic of fragments and borders back and forth. 
        The exhibition was realised in a shopping window in the city centre of Regensburg. The drawings on the large papers overcame their boundaries and continued on a different paper of the other artist. The drawings were placed in space, sometimes overlaying each other. This lead to distortions and changes in form according to the viewing angle.




  • Project: AW: Transfragmentierte
  • Artists: Johannes Steubl, Paul Tuttas
  • Technique: mixed media on paper
  • Location: neunkubikmeter, Regensburg (DE)
  • Year: 2021




  • Calendar 2024




This graphic calendar features two-colored material prints showcasing six landscapes inspired by views from the Czech Republic, Ireland, and Germany. Each calendar is hand-printed and numbered, limited to an edition of 50 pieces.




  • Title: 2024 — šest grafik, sechs druckgrafiken
  • Year: 2023
  • Technique: material print on paper
  • Size: 10×15 cm
  • Edition: 50





  • Struktur



Limewood, a cabbage leaf, packaging film and sandpaper all these materials have very different qualities. But what happens when you try to create a print with them? It is precisely this question that was the starting point for Struktur.
        The artist’s book delves into the influence of a material's structure on the printing process and the resulting graphics. The five chapters deal with other aspects too: What happens when you print the same material on different papers? What patterns are created when different materials are printed on top of each other? How high does the pressure have to be before a material breaks?




The entire book was letterpress printed on different papers in an edition of 20 numbered prints. The text is written in German with a translation into Czech at the end of the book and an index listing all the materials used.




  • Year: 2023
  • Publisher: none (artist’s book)
  • Language: German, Czech translation in the back
  • Design, text and print: Paul Tuttas 
  • Edition: 20
  • Size: 14×22 cm
  • Pages: 126
  • Print: material and letterpress
  • Binding: Japanese glued binding, soft cover




  • Blick aufs Meer




The series Blick aufs Meer (Views onto the Sea) captures various moods of the sea — serenity, waves, sunsets, expansiveness, mist and more. The rough shores of the Isle of Skye in Scotland, the sunny view along Portugal's Atlantic coast and the never ending horizon of the Baltic Sea in Germany all provided inspiration for the prints.
         The installation comprises three prints, each assembled from eight individually printed sheets of paper, glued together to form one stripe. I used textiles and paper as printing materials to capture the ethereal, occasionally misty textures where the sky and water meld with the land.




  • Title: Blick aufs Meer I-III
  • Year: 2023
  • Technique: material print on paper, each stripe is glued and folded
  • Size: each stripe measures approx. 46 × 230 cm
  • Edition: 3




  • Highlands I-IV




The series Highlands I-IV emerged from a holiday in Scotland. Observing the quickly changing weather, I got inspired to capture the interplay of mist, light and shadow of the landscape in a series of linocuts. Each graphic employs identical plates, yet the application of pressure, the quantity of color, and the sequence of printing vary.




  • Title: Highlands I-IV
  • Year: 2023
  • Technique: linocut on paper
  • Size: 29×18 cm
  • Edition:  5, 10, 5, 2





  • Spiegelungen




The Spiegelungen (Reflections) catalogue from my solo exhibition in Alt Jabel, Germany, showcases my printmaking journey spanning from 2022 to 2023. The graphics show individual impressions of different places the Baltic Sea, the Giant Mountains, the forest in Mecklenburg, and the Scottish Highlands.
         The catalogue shows all graphics from the exhibition as well as their reflections, the plates from the printing process. Additionally, the book offers a visual index, complete with work-in-progress imagery and descriptions for each showcased work.




From the exhibtion text: “Since the printmaking technique and its process are so crucial in the work of Paul Tuttas, the book not only presents the finished prints but also the very plates that birthed them, made out of wood, linoleum, and metal. Every one of them bears witness to the artist's distinct approaches, whether delicate lines are etched into zinc or rugged textures are carved with a chainsaw into the wood.”



  • Year: 2023
  • Publisher: Dat Lütt Museum, Alt Jabel  
  • Language: German
  • Layout: Paul Tuttas 
  • Edition: 100
  • Size: 13,5×21 cm
  • Pages: 80
  • Print: digital
  • Binding: glued soft cover, open spine




  • Literature Faces




The series of portraits emerged from a regular reading event held in the studio of Illustration and Graphics at UMPRUM. Prominent contemporary writers and poets from the Czech Republic like Petr Placák, Jan Novák, Martina Pachmanová, Vojtěch Mašek, Pavel Klusák and Petra Hůlová presented their work while the students drew their portraits. 
         My Literature Faces are linocuts that have been refined from my original drawings, aiming to capture a unique expression, along with the subtleties of posture and attire. All the while, I have played with diverse structures, sizes, and contrasts that are so characteristic for the linocut technique.



  • Project: Literature Faces
  • Year: 2022
  • Publisher: not published
  • Technique: linocut on paper




  • Pilsen




The Pilsen series captures different views of the city. The prints are the result of my Czech-German artist-in-residency programme at the DEPO2015 in Pilsen, Czech Republic. The architecture and riverside were the main inspiration in the search for motifs.



The results of my residency were presented at the exhibition of the Treffpunkt festival 2022 in Pilsen.



  • Title: Pilsen series
  • Year: 2022
  • Technique: woodcut or linocut on paper