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Wall AB



Yoshida Hodaka


1926 – 1995

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Shiro no kabe A.B
    Place where the work was made
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Media category
    Materials used
    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
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Yoshida Hodaka

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Bank Art Museum Moree, Moree, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah, 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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