Category Archives: Printmaking

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. 

Masayasu Uchida

On my first trips to Japan, I purchased four landscape prints by Japanese artist and printmaker, Masayasu Uchida.  Had I more walls in my house I probably would have purchased more.  There isn’t much biographical material on the artist. I know only that he was born in 1922 and  graduated in 1943 at the then Technical High School in Yokohama training in architecture.  His creations are primarily landscapes often with seasonal references.  His profile can be viewed (in Japanese) at the Uchida Masayasu Gallery.

Images:  Courtesy of Masayasu Uchida.


Stellavie is a Hamburg-based studio of Steffen Heidemann and Viktoria Klein.  They are a multidisciplinary design studio, printmakers and manufacturer of many things paper. If we had more walls in our house we would definitely pick up a few of their posters.

They can be followed on their website, Facebook, Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Stellavie.