Noda Tetsuya’s Diary of Contemporary Japanese Prints 野田哲也的日本當代版畫日記

Kuldip K. Singh 星家恩

ISBN : 978-988-74707-93

Fine Arts Distributed for HKU Museum and Art Gallery 香港大學美術博物館

November 2022

136 pages, 9″ x 11″, Nearly 100 full-color images throughout

  • HK$200.00

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.







Awarded the prestigious Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan in 2015, Noda Tetsuya has been widely recognized for his innovative contributions to the arts, particularly in the field of printmaking. Still actively producing work, Noda has maintained a consistent vision and daring cross-pollination of techniques throughout a prolific career spanning over 50 years. Born in Kumamoto prefecture in 1940, Noda cultivated an early interest in photography, which he later incorporated into his signature printmaking techniques. During his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Tokyo University of the Arts, he first specialized in painting, but quickly grew dissatisfied with the highly imitative process. Intent on seeking a means of expression that could effectively tap into his most authentic and personal vision, he turned to printmaking, with his daily life as the primary subject matter.





Kuldip K. Singh was a researcher at the University Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Hong Kong, specializing in East Asian art and material culture. She is currently pursuing a DPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford.