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I make woodblock prints using the traditional Japanese hanga method.  Hanga is color woodblock printing entirely by hand, using a hand-held baren instead of a press, from multiple blocks with water, pigments, and rice paste.  It was the technique used to make the ukiyo-e and shin-hanga prints of Japan. 

My imagery is mostly of New England with a focus on the lakes and mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire.  I also pursue image ideas inspired by the coast of Maine, New York City, and the mountains of Colorado and Utah.








Fascinated by how making and viewing two-dimensional art can change the way we see our world,  I am in love with the color woodblock print, especially woodblock prints made with water using the Japanese hanga method.

I love the look of these prints: the clean carved edges juxtaposed with the soft watercolor look of the colors.  I love their simple materials of wood and water.  I love the intimate, responsive, tactile nature of this art form.

Highest quality artist pigments, rice paste, and acid-free cotton rag paper are my printing materials.   Brushes and a hand-held baren are my printing tools. Each print is hand-rubbed, often from 10 or more separate carved blocks.




                 What's Up-coming and New

Using my baren to print

March 27, 5 pm:  “The Energy Theory of Color", Matt Brown and Prof Ming Meng will engage in an interactive Zoom dialogue sharing their ongoing work exploring an invented color theory.  Sponsored by the Community Care of Lyme, click here to register to participate.


NH State Council on the Arts

Matt Brown . . . . . . . 23 Washburn Hill Rd. Lyme, NH 03768 . . . . . . 603-795-4619. . . . . . matt@mbrownfa.com