Licking the Salt from the Biscuit of Life - ART POST: Some of my favourite woodcuts

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September 23rd, 2007

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01:26 am - ART POST: Some of my favourite woodcuts
With art from Shiko Munakata, Linda Clark, Lisa Hooper and Stanley Donwood

Starting with SHIKO MUNAKATA, now deceased, alas. I saw an amazing exhibition of his art when I was doing my degree. He was and still is a big influence on me.

My images come from a book, but in real life these are huge, ceiling to floor length paper prints, hung on scrolls. There's so much energy from them. 

I was completely blown away by these.  i must have stood in front of them for half an hour, just being amazed.

Other gods from the series:

So simple and strong; I'd never seen anything like them.

Mt Fuji

A panel from a series in a story:

There were also a load of highly decorative 'nature' pieces, which reminded me of Klimt's stylised landscapes of plants and trees like this:

Only I think I like Munakata's better:

Later in his career, he'd experimented with rubbing colours through from the back.  I thought this was interesting.

More of his art here.


I did my Masters with her, when she was learning how to print onto Ceramic, and she was kind enough to give me some of her prints as a present.  They're woodprints on the back of chinese prints with gold leaf (that's the orange things).


I saw an exhibition of her prints in Scotland.  Choughs in a tree.

Lapwings (non-woodcut)


He did the cover of Thom Yorke's 'The Eraser'. Some details below.

A cute moving display of the woodcuts here. More info on this artist here.

This artwork was also painted onto the side of a building. Nice, huh?

(Indulge your wild theories here)


Date:September 23rd, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, these are wonderful! I especially like the 'Jitterbugging Fox and The Wolf' (it's like something straight out of 'The Mighty Boosh') and the Linda Clark prints - beautiful colouring. You're right about the Munakata prints. As much as I enjoy Klimt's work, I like the definition and the detail in the black and white woodcuts.

I enjoyed the link to the animated 'The Eraser' too. :)

This is a brilliant post that I shall explore further. Thank you for taking the time to upload these images! x
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Date:September 24th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
Well, you asked. It got me thinking - why yes. I do have a lot of woodcuts! But I have a lot of art in general. That's why it's a nightmare when I move house. 10% personal effects 90% art. Oh dear.
Date:September 23rd, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Those are amazing! I especially like the month ones. They are very reminiscent of Klimt. What I like best about them though is that they're so vivid that you can almost see the color of the plants and animals being depicted, even though the picture is black and white.

What kind of art did you get your Masters in? Also, is there anything that you can't do? You're so multi-talented!
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Date:September 24th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)

I did my Masters in Ceramics. I did a bit of printing on Ceramics during it, just as part of the course. It's really cool to print on clay, because you can then warp and make forms with it. With paper, it just sits there, being finished. Two years ago I tried a bit more printing, this time on paper - monoprinting using acylic sheets. You paint onto the acrylic and press the paper on top. You only get one impression.

Strangely, I've never tried woodcuts. Hmmm.

they're so vivid that you can almost see the color of the plants and animals being depicted, even though the picture is black and white.

Yes, they don't need colour! They scintillate. So, so amazing.
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