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Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950), Tateyama Betsuzan

Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950), Tateyama Betsuzan, from the series, 12 Scenes in the Japan Alps (1926), woodblock print on paper [Cullom Gallery, Seattle WA, Jun 3-26]

Japanese Prints: Tradition & Influence

Cullom Gallery
Seattle WA – Jun 3-26, 2010


Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), Moon of Pure Snow

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), Moon of Pure Snow at Asano River (1885), woodblock print on paper [Cullom Gallery, Seattle WA, Jun 3-26]

Annie Bissett, Dorothy Bradford Comes to America

Annie Bissett, Dorothy Bradford Comes to America (2009), moku hanga: Japanese-style, woodblock print [Cullom Gallery, Seattle WA, Jun 3-26]

Cullom Gallery inaugurates its new gallery space in Seattle’s Nihonmachi (Japantown) district with an exhibit that shows traditional Japanese prints from the 19th and 20th centuries alongside prints by contemporary artists who have been strongly influenced by the styles and techniques of traditional Japanese printmaking. The exhibit explores thematic and stylistic relationships between the two.

Annie Bissett practices a traditional Japanese-style of printmaking developed in the days of ukiyo-e prints. Unlike Western printmaking, which usually employs a press and oil-based ink, these woodblock prints are created by hand-carving a separate block for each colour and design. The reverse side of fine Japanese papers are rubbed against the blocks with a baren (a disc-shaped tool), using water-based pigment to transfer the print.

In a recent suite of 20 prints, Bissett imagined the mindset of American Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower. A print depicting the suicide of Dorothy Bradford, wife of Pilgrim leader William Bradford, is paired with a Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) print, Moon of Pure Snow at Asano River (1885), which captures the tragic suicide of Chikako, who sacrificed her life to draw attention to her father’s imprisonment.

Another pair of work points to similarities between the landscapes of Berlin-based contemporary artist Eva Pietzcker and Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950). Both artists gathered inspiration from far-reaching travels and interpret the landscape with lightness. Their gentle layers of watercolour capture the essence of mist, sunlight, shadow and open spaces.

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Eva Pietzcker, Killarney 2

Eva Pietzcker, Killarney 2 (2007), moku hanga: Japanese-style, woodblock print [Cullom Gallery, Seattle WA, Jun 3-26]


 Sun, Jun 6, 2010