Category Archives: Printmaking

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.

Renée Gouin

Loving these monotypes created by Vancouver-based artist and printmaker, Renée Gouin.  She studied visual art, design and literature in British Columbia, New York and Switzerland.  In her biography and in La Collectionneuse she says this about her art:

“I’m inspired by the process of reduction, paring down objects to their essential form”.

“The idea of reduction stems from my appreciation of Japanese woodblock prints, their muted tonalities and restrained compositions.”

“I see the process of reduction being less about abstraction and more about creating clarity and harmony between the essential formal elements: shape, colour, and composition. The negative space is really important in my images. It accentuates the subjects within the space and their relationship with one another. By pairing down the compositional elements, the aesthetic experience is more immediate and direct.”


More of her work can be viewed on her website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Renée Gouin.