Category Archives: Printmaking

Hide Kawanishi (1894-1965)

hidekawanishiHIde Kawanishi was born in the international port city of Kobe, which inspired much of his work. He was a son of an affluent family of merchants but from childhood had always wanted to be an artist. He took a correspondence course in art from Tokyo but mostly he was self-taught, producing about a thousand print designs in his life. He is quoted on My Japanese Hanga as follows:

“I have never had a teacher of painting. I am absolutely self-educated and have painted what are not paintings. Having walked and found my own path, I am just what you may call a dilettante. I may complain about losing my youth, but there are things that I shall never lose such as innocent mind and thrills, creativity, originality, and a fresh sense of popularity and clarity. To become plain is the last thing I want to be.”

Images are from various sources.

Bruce McLean

brucemcleanBruce McLean is a Scottish performance artist and painter. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and at St. Martin’s in London. At the age of 27 he was given a one day retrospective at the Tate Gallery. After his studies he went on to teach at numerous art schools and today his work is in private and public collections world-wide. Rebecca Gordon, a Rise Art curator describes him as follows:

“Bruce Mclean is one of the major leading figures in Contemporary Art. He has obtained international recognition for his paintings and prints. His bold, confident approach to printmaking has proved extremely influential to his contemporaries and a younger generation of artists. The luminous colours and organic shapes give these works a fantastic expressive quality. Like so many great works of art, images of these prints sadly do not do them justice, they are truly great works, which in real life have a wonderful, vibrant energy that would suit any setting.”

You can follow the artist on Facebook and Projects Concepts.

Images: Courtesy of Rise Art.

Alex Katz

alexkatzTate describes figurative art as any form of modern art that retains strong references to the real world and particularly to the human figure. Alex Katz is such a painter known primarily for his large portraiture and landscape paintings. His work is inspired by the woodcuts of Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro with their flatness of color, bold simplicity and a feeling of cool but emotional detachment. We’ve posted his work because on December 1st his paintings will feature prominently on H & M womenswear, menswear, accessories and home decor.

Images: Courtesy of Alex Katz.