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Little update:  The arrival of the Covid alongside the death of my father (March 19) is demanding adjustments.  But making color woodblock prints requires long focused and introspective hours, our Covid isolation makes this easier to achieve.   Its good to remember, in troubles and challenges there usually is somewhere a silver lining.

 
 
 
 

 

I make woodblock prints using the traditional Japanese hanga method.  Hanga is color woodblock printing with multiple blocks using 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, 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 the simple materials of wood and water.  I love the fact that though the artist makes the blocks, it is the blocks that actually make the prints.

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.

 

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Using my baren to print

NH State Council on the Arts

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