Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Japanese graphic artist holds master class at Yekaterinburg Museum

The Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art hosted a master class by  Japanese graphic artist Hiroaki Miyayama Saturday.

The session was included for those who toured the exhibit "Masters of Japanese Printmaking: 1980s-2010s" on Saturday. The exhibit went on display Friday. Miyayama lectured on Ukiyo-e style printmaking and paintings, and how they have influenced popular art not only in Japan, but also globally.

The Ukiyo-e style was very popular in the Edo era of Japanese history, as the wood-block printmaking procedure allowed the prints to be mass-produced, so prints were available to most citizens. Before this innovation, only the wealthiest individuals could own art prints.

This style of printmaking waned in the latter half of the 19th century, but wood-block and other printmaking based on carvings has gained traction in Europe and in the U.S.

During the master class, attendees created their own prints using the wood-block method and Miyayama's unique method of using gold and aluminum foils to create pieces.

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