Posts Tagged ‘japanese woodblock’

Artist of the moment……..Tom Killion


Tom Killion is an American artist working in Japanese woodblock style portraying images of the landscape. Killion is renown for his works for the conservancy and wildlife efforts and works including the Sierra Nevada Mountains and other national parks and landscapes.

Tom Killion was born in Mill Valley, California. He grew up in the region and his entire life he has been surrounded by wonderful artistic vistas. Killion studied history and the art of printmaking at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Killion went on to earn a master’s degree with studies on African history at Stanford University.

In this clip we learn more about the process Killion uses to produce his woodblock prints:

Here we view an interview with Tom Killion from 2013:

The artist spent many years in Africa working on humanitarian projects. Much of his work is done to help raise money for these charities.

Price range information: Many wonderful giclee prints start around $200.

Below a link to the website of Tom Killion:


Artist of the moment…….Blanche Lazzell

Blanche Lazzell was born in Maidsville, West Virginia in the year 1878. For her collegiate education Lazzell attended South Carolina Co-Educational Institute and  West Virginia University studying literature and fine arts. Lazzell was a painter and printmaker in the Japanese woodblock style. In addition to painting and printmaking Lazzell also worked with ceramics and even made rugs.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $106,000 for a print at auction. Oils range from $20,000 to $125,000.

Lazzell also studied at the famed Art Student’s League of New York City where she studied with William Merritt Chase and Georgia O’Keefe.

Lazzell also moved to Paris, France and studied at the Academie Julien.

The artist was one of two artists from West Virginia to be given mural works for the Works Progress Administration.

Blanche Lazzell passed away in 1956.

What a talented artist who seems to have carved a great niche for herself in the medium of printmaking! I love the graphic design of works like the Windmill in the gallery. The works seems to have hidden imagery making the viewer very intrigued in the art.


Artist of the moment……Paul Jacoulet

Paul Jacoulet was a French born artist renown for his work with the Ukiyo-e style of Japanese printmaking, in addition he added some western design themes and ideas. Paul Jacoulet was born in the year 1896 in Paris, France. Jacoulet enjoyed working with the female figure. Jacoulet grew up in Japan. His father was an ambassador and he was always supported in his artistic goals by his mother.

His mother even helped the artist to visit French Polynesia after seeing the works of the great painter Paul Gauguin.

As a child his next door neighbor  Yone Noguchi, was a well respected poet and art critic who knew all the important Ukiyo-e artists. It was the wife of Noguchi who taught him english. Yone Noguchi had a son who went on to become a world renown sculptor.

Jacoulet was an openly gay man and was denied entry into the United States because of this. He still entered the country and did so at Niagara Falls.

The artist is one of few non Japanese woodblock print masters to come from a European country.

Price range information: Most prints range from $5,000 to $25,000, but due to rarity if they are seen at auction prices can sky rocket quickly.

In this clip we view some photographs of the artist and some works. The artwork begins at one minute into the clip, should you wish to skip the photographs:

Paul Jacoulet passed away in 1960.

Jacoulet’s prints are rare as many were destroyed by fire. His early works that feature people in their regional dress are highly sought after. Some collectors of the artist during his lifetime were the actress Greta Garbo, U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur, and Queen Elizabeth of England.