I want to post some modern wood block printers from Japan – but this gotta become a series: There are just so many great ones. Hokusai and Hiroshige pictures are everywhere – but the artists of the last 100 years seem under-appreciated.
I’ll start with is Kawase Hasui (1883 – 1957). Wikipedia says that he’s one of the leading ones to revive traditional printing (where the work is shared between several craftsmen) depicting classical subjects. But what do I know – probably just something that museums made up. Anyways, it looks sweet. Love especially his night-scenes.
On flickr you can come across lots of old Japan photos – and I find it surprising how similar they look to the artworks, especially composition-wise. Probably the photographers tried to stay close to what costumers knew – but I think also that simply the shape of the objects you can work with determine a lot of what you can do with the composition. I mean… much more so than I would have thought.
The first one here was a 3D photograph, so I made it into an animation for a nice effect.
amazing. I’m currently reading understanding comics, by scott mccloud, and he explains something about japanese art which you can see in these prints too: japanese people understand the value of rest, and silence, whereas western art should have action, or at least meaning, all over the artwork. These pieces are very peaceful and serene, they’re beautiful.
True. It has something special – its silent and contemplative, but also somehow really powerful. Definitely not boring. I love it.
[…]As promised in my earlier post, I want to continue showing modern woodblock prints. The following are made by Katsuyuki Nishijima […]