These stunning woodcuts from 18th and 19th century Japan are a beautiful testament of everyday life during that time. Housed online in the NYPL Digital Gallery, the series was made in the Ukiyo-e school, which means ‘pictures of the floating world’ in English. The series depicts characters from all walks of life. Everything from celebrities, sumo wrestlers, […]
I fell in love with woodcuts in the 80s when I attended a German Expressionist show at LA County Museum. My wife gave me a woodcutting set for my birthday and I dove in blindly. I began carving images inspired by classic movies. Each carving takes 40-50 hours. The process forces me to slow down. […]
I fell in love with woodcuts in the 80s, when I attended a German Expressionist show at LA County Museum. My wife gave me a woodcutting set for my birthday and I dove in blindly. I began carving images inspired by classic movies. Each carving takes 40-50 hours. The process forces me to slow down. I guess woodcutting has become my personal yoga.
Gary Burns is a self-taught wood carver who creates amazingly intricate and beautiful works in wood. From his Tree Wizard Gallery in the northwest United States, Woods carves ‘wood spirits’, each unique, with a magical personality all its own. Several years ago, I came across one of his listings on eBay, and purchased it. I was awed by how beautiful his work is. He bonds with the medium in such a way that the original essence of it is preserved, and it’s raw, natural beauty maintained. The end result is truly magic.
What do you do when you find yourself with five truckloads of salvaged century-old rough Douglas Fir beams? Lisa Brawn turned them into amazing woodcuts, mainly referenced from popular culture and painted in bold, vibrant colours. I recently got the chance to see a few up close and was really taken aback by the depth and texture in her work, which can be lost in print or online.
German illustrator Roman Klonek sucks you right into his topsy-turvy world of smiling cartoons and graphic woodcuts. I particularly enjoy his use of type to create images reminiscent of vintage eastern European ads.
Theo Ellsworth makes obsessively detailed drawings and self-publishes comics, mini comics, and zines about imaginary people and places. The cosmic imagery, subtle geometry, and implied animism in his works recall the epic, heroic, and odd imagery of Jean ‘Moebius’ Girard, Mayan ruins, and the Nazca lines, filtered through the jam-packed and often psychedelic lens of […]