Review: Laura Boswell at Birch Tree Gallery

If you’re intrigued to see prints of the Scottish landscape made with Japanese woodblock techniques – or linocut – and printed on an English Victorian press – then you need to see the work of Laura Boswell. (She is currently showing in Edinburgh, in the Birch Tree Gallery , alongside groups of delicate, diminutive porcelainContinue reading “Review: Laura Boswell at Birch Tree Gallery”

The Great Wave – Hokusai

This appreciation of Master Japanese printmaker Hokusai and his enormously popular image “The Wave” is made by Christie’s.  Guided by modern printmaker in the Ukiyo-e woodprinting method, Takuji Hamanaka, we look closely into the methods and texture of the print. We peer over his shoulder as he looks closely at a print of “The Wave”,Continue reading “The Great Wave – Hokusai”

Film Review: “Radiance” (Hikari)

Spoiler alert: I’ve seen this film and am about to talk about it.  However, I suspect that not many of you will have seen this Japanese film, with subtitles.  It’s precisely the sort of quality foreign film you go to a film festival to get a chance to see.  Here’s its official trailer:

Dangerous Music

Man plays piano and lives to tell the tale…. this is simply the weirdest thing I’ve seen today. It became a life or death duel between the man and the piano, inadvertently – as the player afterwards explained. Is it performance art?  It’s certainly an attention grabbing visual image.  The music

Hokusai – master artist/printmaker – exhibition

From 4 June, Documentary film “Hokusai” will be shown at selected cinemas in UK 25 May – 13 August Exhibition at British Museum “Hokusai – beyond the Great Wave” The exhibition will include prints, paintings and illustrated books, many of which are on loan from Japan, Europe and the USA. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunityContinue reading “Hokusai – master artist/printmaker – exhibition”