Posts Tagged ‘woodcut’

Artist of the moment……Maki Haku

Maki Haku was the artistic name of Japanese printmaker Maejima Tadaaki. Maejima Tadaaki was born in the year 1924 in Ibaraki Prefecture. Maki Haki is renown for his work with calligraphy, text, and printmaking. Many works are abstract paintings and also poems. Many works are actually very old Chinese characters that were borrowed by the Japanese. The artist would start with a base, then refine the shape to make it more elegant and calligraphic.

The artist was trained as a kamakaze pilot. A pilot that is trained for a death mission. After leaving the service and the end of World War 2 the artist taught at the high school level and continued to pursue art on his own.

Price range information: Works range from $500 to $3,000.

The artist is associated with the sosaku-hanga movement.

Maki Haku is included in the Los Angeles County Art Collection.

The artist passed away in 2000.

Its great to see abstraction and text involved in printmaking. I only wish I knew what the text stated!  Maki Haku was also tremendously skilled at depicting floral scenes.


Artist of the moment…..Christiane Baumgartner

Christiane Baumgartner was born in Leipzig, Germany in the year 1967. The artist has a great story in that she started off being a traditional painter, discovered her love of  video art, and then found her own unique voice using a still from video as the basis of her woodblock. The artist creates her woodcuts on traditional Japanese paper.

For her artistic education Baumgartner attended school in Germany before earning a masters degree in printmaking from the Royal College of Art located in London.

Has done a residency in the country of Vietnam.

In this clip from the Tate, we listen to the artist briefly explain her unique blend of video and printmaking:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a great blend of modernism( the use of the video still as a basis for drawing) and the traditional printmaking skills Baumgartner developed whilst at the Royal College of Art.


Artist of the moment…..Tadashi Nakayama

Tadashi Nakayama was born in 1927 in the city of Niigata, Japan in the year 1927. His work is a great blend of traditional Ukiyo style prints with traditional western motifs. The artist enjoys working with fun shapes and subjects that are easily translated to a woodblock print style such as young girls, butterflies, and her favorite subject the horse.

Nakayama began to draw and paint seriously at the age of 14 years old. He decided his career path would be as an artist at the age of 17 years of age. For his collegiate education the artist attended Tama Art College.

In the mid 1960s the artist lived in Europe for nearly four years.

Price range information: Nakayama worked mainly in woodblocks which range $1,000 to $10,000. Originals in oil can reach as high as $30,000.  From a collector standpoint it is important to note that many woodblock prints are done in a series of 85 or 95. So they are scarce, even for a print!

I am really falling in love with the woodblock style of printmaking. Its so expressive and at the same time the artist is able to have fun with the patterns and design motifs. These are the funnest horses I have ever seen! Its a great blend of Eastern and Western schools of painting and I love the blend!