1926 - 1995
A distinguished third generation member of famous Yoshida family, Hodaka is the son of Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) who was initially a Western-style oil painter but who decided to switch to prints. Hiroshi became his own publisher and employed some of the best woodblock carvers and printers. In his day he was the most successful of all Japanese print artists, especially in the USA where his picturesque landscapes were extremely popular.
When Hodaka, named after one of his father's favourite mountains, started to make prints around 1950, doing his own carving and printing, they were in an abstract style, for it was Western artists like Miro and Klee whose work interested him rather than the traditional landscape style of his father.
Since the 1950s he has travelled, taught and exhibited extensively throughout the world. He has always experimented with new techniques, continually enriching his superb craftsmanship with his own innovations and combinations. His more recent prints move between delicate abstractions and more representational landscapes. The subject of this print was the white wall around a residence on the outskirts of Nara, the old capital of Japan.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 100.
Shiro no kabe A.B
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
woodcut and photo-engraving
51.0x 68.0 cm image; 55.0 x 72.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Hodaka Yoshida '91".
Gift of the artist 1993
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Urban Bonsai:
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992
- National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992
- Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992
- Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993
- The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993
- Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Emu Plains 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994
- Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994
- Moree Plains Gallery, Moree 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994
- Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 100, 113 (colour illus.). cat.no. 73