YOSHIDA Hodaka

(Japan 1926 – 1995)

Wall AB

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Heisei period 1989–
Year
1991
Media
Print
Medium
woodcut and photo-engraving
Dimensions
51.0x 68.0 cm image; 55.0 x 72.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Hodaka Yoshida '91".
Credit
Gift of the artist 1993
Accession number
478.1993