Category Archives: Printmaking

Rod Nelson

Rod Nelson is a self-taught master printmaker based in Gloucestershire, UK.  We are so admiring his recent woodblock prints of waterfalls that we just had to post his work.  More can be said about him but we prefer to hear words from the artist himself: 

“I have, for my whole life, worked with wood and that has undoubtedly helped me with some aspects of woodblock printmaking. Although I have been making woodcuts for many years now, I am still continually excited by the potential of this ancient medium. Woodcut makes images that simply can not be made in any other way. It sits on the boundary between art and craft – and anyone making woodcuts will quickly experience the delights and terrors of both.”  – Interview from Print Day in May

More of his work can be found on his website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Rod Nelson.

Kiyoshi Saito (1907 – 1997)

Kiyoshi Saito is a master Japanese printmaker and one of the first member in the sosaku hanga art movement.  Their action advocated principles of art that is “self-drawn”, “self-carved” and “self-printed” creating art for art’s sake. He worked as a sign painter apprentice but in 1932 moved to Tokyo to study art.  He developed a style of woodblock prints with a diminished color palette and simplified forms.  It is his compositions and aesthetic simplicity that attracted us to his work.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

Jack Stauffacher (1920 – 2017)

Jack Stauffacher was a self-taught master printer, typographer and book publisher.  In 1936 he established Greenwood Press printing everything from business cards and tickets to fine art books and museum monographs.  He taught at Carnegie Institute of Technology, San Francisco Art Institute and was hired as typographic director at Stanford University Press. He resigned from Stanford and in 1966 he reopened Greenwood Press in San Francisco.  

Some of his work are in the permanent collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University Library and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.