Japanese watercolour woodblock print of an oak tree and yew bushes
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Limited edition (20 + 2 Artist's Proofs)
Image size 30 x 25 cm (approx. 12" x 10") Paper size 38 x 32 cm - zerkall 210gsm printmaking paper
This Japanese woodblock (moku hanga) print was created during my tenure as Artist in Residence at Burton Agnes Hall in East Yorkshire in August 2013. The Hall was built in the late 16th century and the topiary yew bushes in the gardens (over a hundred of them) were planted around 150 years ago. My eye was caught by the juxtaposition of two of these trimmed trees next to the wildness of an ancient oak tree just beyond the ha-ha at the end of the formal garden. Despite being such typically British trees, their shapes struck me as quite oriental and begging to be depicted using this traditional Japanese technique.
Moku hanga printmaking is made with watercolours and a rice paste to bind the pigment to the paper. Each layer is brushed onto the wooden blocks by hand and then the image is burnished onto the paper using a bamboo baren. The nature of this method means that each print is unique; your print may have small differences from the ones shown here.
The print is supplied unmounted and unframed. The title, edition number, artist's signature and date are written in pencil under the image.