a woodblock for colour printing requires

each colour impression to be on a flat block which matches each of the others, a few tries at it tells you this.  So when I painted this study, based on a Ukiyo e print by Utamaro, I reworked the form.

oil on shaped canvas 25 by 25 cm (approx)

The shaped canvas is almost sculptural and echoes the concept that there is more than one artist in a Ukiyo e print, the darwing maker, the block carver and the block inker.  Sadly I did not have a team and had to do it all myself…

to show its form







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