August 4, 2014
The Embassy of Canada, in conjunction with "International Mokuhanga Conference 2014," is pleased to present an exhibition of woodblock prints (mokuhanga) by three Canadian artists and one artist from Japan.
This exhibition explores the traditional form of Japanese multi-colour woodblock print-making which developed in Japan during the Edo Period. Thanks to modern technology and availability of mokuhanga materials, the number of artists creating mokuhanga outside Japan has grown. Visitors to the Gallery will admire the variety of artistic expression as explored by these four contemporary artists with diverse backgrounds and approaches. The Canada-Japan thematic is also timely as the Embassy commemorates 85th years of diplomatic relations between our two countries.
To further promote exchanges between artists and the internationalization of mokuhanga, "International Mokuhanga Conference 2014" will host meetings for institutions with Artist in Residence programs. With that same goal in mind, the Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery will offer information about Artist in Residence programs in Canada during the exhibition.
Elizabeth Forrest graduated from Ontario College of Art and taught there before coming to Kyoto to study mokuhanga in 1988. She later established her own studio in Toronto where, among other things, she teaches mokuhanga. She will be presenting a paper at International Mokuhanga Conference 2014.
Danielle O'Connor Akiyama, also based in Toronto, is a painter incorporating techniques from Japanese sumie. Her works are based mainly on floral motifs. Brenda Petays teaches visual arts at Camosun College in British Columbia. Working in the fields of drawing, photography and performance, she explores identity and memory in subjective, social and political environments.
Akiyama and Petays were both Artists in Residence at Lake Kawaguchi Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory, where they learned mokuhanga techniques. Hiroko Furuya is a mainstream mokuhanga artist in Japan whose works on the theme of fragments of memory have been presented nationally and internationally and have won many awards. She is involved in training the next generation as a Professor at Tama Art University.
Date: August 6 – September 12, 2014
Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
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