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Japanese Woodblock Printmaking workshop with Professor Noda

Japanese Woodblock Printmaking work by Professor Noda

Japanese Woodblock Printmaking work by Professor Noda


Japanee Woodblock Printmaking workshop with Professor Tetsuya Noda at London Met

Professor Tetsuya Noda, one of the world's most eminent print makers and contemporary artists, and a leading figure in Japanese contemporary design, will be giving a master class in traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking to students at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art.


15 final year printmaking students from the BA Fine Art course will spend an intensive week (Mon 10 - Fri 14 Jan 2011) in the printmaking studios at Commercial Road with Professor Noda.

Public Events

There will 2 public events:


Wednesday 12th at 10.30am at Commercial Road.

Professor Noda will give a demonstration of hiis technique . Places are limited to 30. If you would like to attend  please contact David Skingle in advance at d.skingle@londonmet.ac.uk

Artists Talk

Thursday 13th at 7.00pm, The Women's Library.

A talk arranged in partnership with The Alumni Association. Professor Noda will discuss his life and work. Places limited to 50 on first come basis. Book in advance here


To find out more about the visit, please download Timetable:

'This program (workshop) is being held under the sponsorship of the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan'.

Background Information

Professor Noda received an honorary Doctor of Letters from London Metropolitan University in 2006.

David Skingle, Academic Leader for International Students and present Head of Printmaking, said: "Professor Noda's award honours his contribution to the world of art and his contribution to art education. I have admired Professor Noda’s prints since I first saw them in an exhibition in 1974 when I was an art student, and they really inspired me. Japanese art and design, both historical and contemporary, exerts a great and subtle influence in the west, so I am pleased that the Cass has many such links with Japan, and encourages academic co-operation that benefits not only our students but also Japan and London."

Professor Tetysuya Noda was born in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan in 1940 and studied Painting and Fine Art at the Toyko National University of Fine Arts and Music. His extraordinary talent as an artist was noticed at a young age, and he won the International Grand Prize at the Tokyo International Print Biennale in 1968, not long after graduating from his master’s degree.

Noda's images capture moments in a daily life; neighbourhood scenes, his young daughter, or a vegetable in the kitchen and perhaps even a wrapped gift from a friend. They depict the ordinary and the everyday, the often overlooked everyday moments and objects glimpsed and held by the camera, caught by the artist’s eye. As an ongoing diary, Professor Noda’s work shows us the poignancy and transience of everyday life.

These glimpses of such personal subject matter are as a gift to us, the viewer. The artist reveals the beauty of personal experience duly transformed by the hands of the artist. His innovative printing method further refines his photographic memories, changing the image by scanning them through a mimeograph screen and reworking this image by hand. This is then printed over solid blocks of subtle colour, previously printed using traditional Japanese woodblock techniques. The layering of colour, marks and image are like the delicate layers of memory itself. Through this careful and labourious process, the sharpness of the photographs softens. Painterly and lyrical qualities to the image itself are added and the line between photography and woodblock printing, between the mark made by hand and the photographic image, are blurred. Professor Noda's special technique offers us the chance to look for the daily moments in our own lives as we look at his interpreted memories.

Professor Noda’s work has widespread international appeal. He has exhibited all over the world, including Venice, Sao Paulo, Boston, Beijing, New York, London and San Francisco. His work is displayed in art galleries and museums around the world. Here in Britain, his work is in the collection of the British Museum and at the Arts Council of Great Britain. Examples of his work can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Australian National Gallery and at numerous galleries throughout Japan.

Professor Noda has taught at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music since 1978 and has been Professor there since 1991. His teaching has inspired and helped to nurture many young artists, and helped to make links between Japan and the rest of the world.

Printmaking is a growing area of fine art, and one in which the University has a long tradition. The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art Media and Design, at our City Campus, is one of the UK’s leading centres for fine art print-making and has always strived to develop new perspectives in art through the synergy of these disciplines. The Cass has strong links with Japan with over 12 Universities and Art Schools.

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