Contemporary Japanese prints
Exhibition Noda Tetsuya’s ‘Diary’ series, The British Museum, London, UK, until 5 October.
Since the late 1960s, artist Noda Tetsuya (b. 1940) has created an on-going series of prints. Intimate portraits of his family, landscapes experienced on his travels, and objects from everyday life are recorded with sensitivity, wit, and a certain mystery. Spanning almost 50 years and now reaching some 500 works, the Diary series presents evocative perspectives that project one individual’s world onto a wider society. The 22 prints display the unusual technique that combines colour woodblock with photo silkscreen. Noda cuts woodblocks to print areas of colour and subtle shades of white background onto handmade Japanese paper. Photographic images have been deliberately altered by the artist to express his personal sensibility.