Woodblock art

The Seacoast in Autumn by David Bull
The Seacoast in Autumn by David Bull
Boy in boat- simple black and white woodblock author unknown
Boy in boat- simple black and white woodblock author unknown
Okiie Hashimoto 1959
Okiie Hashimoto 1959
Ray Morimura
Ray Morimura
Temple author unknown
Temple author unknown
Clifton Karhu
Clifton Karhu
Matt Brown
Matt Brown
Kawase Hasui 1935
Kawase Hasui 1935
Amanda Gordon Miller
Amanda Gordon Miller

 

Woodblock art is a favorite medium of mine. With its youthful playfulness, deep, rich colors used in this type of style speaks with an honest and realness that I just really love and admire. The process of making a single woodblock is quite labor some. Each color you see in the print is made from a seperate wood block. Here is a great tutorial by David Bull (tutorial here)

I have been scouring the internet for classes in my surrounding area to learn in the traditional Japanese way in the art of woodblock. Unfortunately, it’s such a small niche that not many people are doing. So the searching continues…

One of my favorite modern day wood block artists is David Bull, out of Tokyo, Japan. He became obsessed with woodblock art after seeing an exhibition in Canada. Unfortunately, there were no classes offered so he started making them himself (I should take this as a hint to myself!). I hope you enjoy the collection I have presented here.

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