Noda Tetsuya’s Diary of Contemporary Japanese Prints 野田哲也的日本當代版畫日記
ISBN : 978-988-74707-93
Distributed for HKU Museum and Art Gallery 香港大學美術博物館
136 pages, 9″ x 11″, Nearly 100 full-color images throughout
Influenced by his upbringing in post-war Japan, and the ideological, social, economic and artistic transformations of the era, Noda Tetsuya started to build a diary of prints in the 1960s, recording his daily life and mastering the challenge of documenting the reality around him in both true and artistic fashion.
Noda’s work is technically highly accomplished and thematically exceedingly personal. Known for being a representative of the long tradition of printmaking in Japan, and as an innovator for the further development of the long-practiced genre, Noda’s work combines photography, traditional Japanese woodblock printing, mimeograph duplication and silkscreen printing in a self-invented and precisely controlled process of layering. The resulting style is evocative of a rare blending of techniques that are illustrative of conventional woodblock and more contemporary mimeograph-silkscreen printing.
Works presented in this publication offer unparalleled insights into the artist’s hand skills and color palette, as well as his intense personal feelings and trademark humility. Few printmakers are quite as exploratory in terms of their technique and so precise in their choice of depicted subjects. Noda Tetsuya’s Diary of Contemporary Japanese Prints represents the long-accumulated knowledge of a well-practiced artform by one of Japan’s best-established artists, while also documenting—in true diary fashion—events that have shaped his personal life, while also standing for the collective experience of Noda’s generation and the societal change witnessed over the last several decades.