I make color woodblock prints using the traditional Japanese hanga method. This is printing with brushes and a hand-held baren from multiple hand-carved wood blocks using rice paste, pigments and water. It was the technique used to make the ukiyo-e prints of the 19th century. I love the process of making these prints: the way pictorial simplicity is encouraged, the way an image is separated into parts and put back together, the way the translucent colors blend and juxtapose, the way the wood interacts with the paper. In my printmaking I am largely self taught. A graduate of Harvard College (1981), I have found years of work as a carpenter very helpful in my approach to the craft.
A beautiful woodblock print of New Hampshire by Matthew Brown, using the Japanese hanga method. Hanga is a color woodblock printing technique using multiple blocks, water, pigments, and rice paste, the same technique used to make the ukiyo-e and shin hanga prints of Japan. Each color you see here was printed from a separate block of wood carved specifically for each color. The blocks are each inked, carefully lined up, and pressed onto the paper by hand with a baren, overlaying the colors to create his soft but dramatic scenes. Each print is one of a limited edition of 300 prints, and is signed, numbered, titled and dated at the bottom. Please note that these prints are made by hand and there may be some slight color variations to the image shown. Framed prints have with UV-70 non-glare glass. Unframed prints come matted in a plastic sleeve. Shipped directly from the artist’s studio in about a weeks time.
Framed dimensions: 24 3/4″ X 14″
Print only dimensions: 16″ X 7″
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Established in 1932
Located in the quaint mountain town of North Conway Village, this gallery is a destination for both the local community and visitors to the White Mountains, offering craft classes and beautiful fine craft of heirloom quality.
2526 White Mountain Hwy
PO Box 2614
North Conway, NH 03860
BROWSE NORTH CONWAY
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