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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