Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.Pablo Picasso
I have (I think) completed all my requirements for this second year of my Applied Fine Art Degree. I have enjoyed all the different projects I have undertaken so far, including lifedrawing, painting in water colour, acrylics, oils, pastels soft and oil, building insallations and lino cutting. However I am relishing the opportunity to make use of the printing facilities at Sunderland University.
One of the requirements was to complete a dissertation proposal for the final year essay. I have decided to focus on Japanese Wood Block prints. I am also looking to incorporate aspects of culture and traditions and its impact on Western Art.
As with Western Art there are many facinating periods each with their own style. As a taster I want to highlight a Sosaku Hanga artist, Koshiro Onchi (1891 – 1955). This style differed as it was a solo project, with the artist responsible for the initial artwork, the carving and the printing. Below are a couple of examples of Koshiro Onchi’s work and similar western art.