51.0x 68.0cm image; 55.0 x 72.0cm sheet
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.
Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 100, 113 (colour illus.). cat.no. 73
The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, The Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Moree Plains Gallery, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995.