Hasegawa Yuichi

Japan

The artist was born in Aizu Wakamatsu in 1945, Fukushima Prefecture and began making prints in the l970s. He has exhibited widely in Japan, as well as in Germany, Finland, Singapore and America.

Hasegawa Yuichi’s lush, textural prints are created using a unique woodblock technique: Instead of carving one block for each colour, the traditional manner, the artist creates his beautifully layered works with one block that he keeps carving, printing and effacing until he achieves his ideal image. This usually involves 10 to 20 processes, perhaps one of the reasons his editions are especially small, sometimes 8 or 10 and rarely more than 20.

Animated, angular shapes float over a silver, colour enhanced ground; thin, colourful lines intersect and appear to fly across the surface, thus adding another element of action to this arresting composition.


 

Close to the Earth
1991
woodblock, ed. 13/20
57 x 76 cm w

North Sea Route
1995
woodblock, ed. 18/20
61 x 82 cm w

Mountains and Rivers
1993
woodblock, ed. 6/20
81 x 59.5 cm w