Stoned Wall
Water based woodcut on museum board
81cm x 63cm

Takuji Hamanaka

Takuji Hamanaka (b. 1968 Hokkaido, Japan) studied an apprenticeship at The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints, Tokyo, Japan (1986–1988) where he learnt traditional woodcut techniques. Selected groups exhibitions include: International Print Center New York, USA (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011,2016); Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York, (2014): Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, Rhode Island, (2016). Solo exhibitions include: Owen James Gallery, New York (2017); Sidney Larson Gallery, Columbia (2015); Owen James Gallery, New York (2015). Recent prizes include: New York Foundation for the Arts (2011), Barbara and Thomas Putnam Fellow at MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire (2013): KALA Art Institute Fellowship, Berkeley, California (2016). He lives and works in New York, USA.

Hamanaka’s work is the result of a continuing investigation into the characteristic visual effects and materials used in printmaking. These are displaced into an unfamiliar context and in doing so bring about a different meaning to the printed works. The artist says, “I employ a “blend printing” technique that is often seen in traditional Japanese style woodcuts such as those by Hiroshige, Hokusai and other Japanese masters. I print them in their hundreds, cut them in various shapes and essentially use them as sort of module to construct a larger image. It is as if intricate wooden inlay was done using water based woodcut print.”


You can see Takuji Hamanaka's work at Gallery North

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