Water based woodcut on museum board
81cm x 63cm
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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