Artist Talk: Paul Furneaux on Mokuhanga

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 15 May '11 10.49pm
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Paul Furneaux will give an illustrated talk about the development of his Japanese woodblock prints over the past decade since completing a Masters at the renowned Tama Art University in Tokyo in 2000.

Furneaux's exhibition (28 May to 23 July) explores the theme of landscape through the Japanese woodblock printing technique Mokuhanga.

Mokuhanga is specifically printmaking using traditional techniques of woodblock printing using watercolour, gouache or pure pigments applied by brush and subsequent printing done by hand with the aid of a “baren”(hand disk usually wrapped in a bamboo leaf or a ball-baring baren) on “Washi”, Japanese hand made paper. The foundation of Furneaux’s art work has always been about looking and experiencing the landscape with it’s varying vistas and ever changing light conditions. The final manifestation his work, becomes an abstraction and distillation of this contemplation of the landscape, subtly blending the physical reality with the implied.

The talk will highlight some of the developments in his work and how it has evolved from 2D practice to enable him to present the printed works as 3D wall-mounted objects which feature in the exhibition.

Paul Furneaux will be launching a new illustrated publication of his work at the event, featuring an introduction by Rebecca Salter and text by Arthur Watson. Refreshments will be served.

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