(c) Fusako Yoshikawa
(c) Eriko Maki
(c) Fusako Yoshikawa
(c) Eriko Maki
(c) Norman Mathieson
(c) Imi Maufe
Japan Prints Now
11 May - 2 Jul 16
During Northern Print’s 21st anniversary we are delighted to welcome back three Japanese artists Katsunori Hamanishi, Eriko Maki and Fusako Yoshikawa whose work has previously proved extremely popular with members, visitors and staff alike. We are also pleased to exhibit prints by former Northern Print associates Imi Maufe and Norman Mathieson, both of whom have created work inspired by their time spent in Japan.
Katsunori Hamanishi first spent time with Northern Print during the organisation's time on North Shields Fish Quay (1994-2006) where he gave visitors and staff a very memorable and beautiful demonstration of his printmaking techniques in mezzotint. Hamanishi has spent many years exploring the rich, dark, three-dimensional effects achievable with the old European mezzotint technique, reaching exceptional technical proficiency in this medium. His stunning prints often include gold and metal leaf. Katsunori’s work is held in several important collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York and The British Museum, London.
Northern Print first worked with Eriko Maki and Fusako Yoshikawa when the studio was based on Fish Quay in North Shields. In 2001 both artists, along with Chikako Yamamoto, completed a residency in the studio sharing their rich knowledge and printmaking skills with studio artists and visitors. They each created a new body of work which was included in a touring exhibition which visited galleries in the North East and North West of England.
Maki has reinterpreted traditional Japanese printmaking to develop her own personal way of working. The dots that appear in her work are created from household glue and the warm glow that emanates from her prints comes from the application of watercolour to the paper as a monoprint before the detailed collagraph is printed as a separate layer on top. Work by Maki was selected to be shown at International Print Biennale 2009.
Yoshikawa continued her long association with Northern Print in 2010 when she demonstrated her printmaking techniques at our current Ouseburn studio. She uses traditional Japanese woodblock techniques to create her abstract, bold and dynamic prints, often using multiple wood blocks to make her beautifully composed images.
Norman Mathieson originally worked for Northern Print in its early days before going on to the post of Studio Manager at Glasgow print studio and eventually relocating to Japan where he now lives and works. Over the years Mathieson's work has been included in several of Northern Print's exhibitions and it has been shown nationally and internationally. Japan Prints Now features recent prints by Mathieson inspired by his new homeland.
Imi Maufe first worked in Northern Print's studio during her 2007-2008 residency at VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities) based in Northumberland. Maufe brought with her a ‘touring’ exhibition which came in a specially made box attached to her bicycle. Since then she’s returned to Northern Print for a second exhibition of her work, which was created during a residency on board The Swan during the Tall Ships race in 2011. Maufe's work was selected to be shown during International Print Biennale in 2009. For this exhibition Maufe presents a new series of works created during a residency in Japan in 2015 and printed in Bergen, Norway where she now lives and works.
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