25 Japanese printmakers, together with 25 members from Sydney Printmakers, come collectively as one to present 25x25: Contemporary Japanese & Australian Printmaking, an exhibition that celebrates the cultural collaboration of printmaking at the Japan Foundation Gallery.

The exhibition will contain 50 prints in total, one from each artist, with three public events to accompany the show.

Karen Ball
, President of Sydney Printmakers, gives us a preview into the content of the show, “there will be a wide variety of printmaking techniques on display, including traditional wood block, etching and lithography through to lino cut, screen printing and digital printmaking. Some of the artists combine several of these techniques in one print to create contemporary, hybrid compositions. Each print is an original artwork.”        

Neilton Clarke, Curator of the Japan line-up adds, “Japan, with its riches and lengthy lineage in this realm – ukiyo-e and the tradition of woodblock printing going back to the Edo period comes to mind – seemed like an ideal orbit with which to connect. While the Edo period may be history, there is no shortage of active printmaking professionals practising in Japan today, and who collectively embody a new era.”

Featured artists from Sydney Printmakers are Karen Ball, Susan Baran, Geraldine Berkemeier, Helen Best, Anthea Boesenberg, Ruth Burgess, Neilton Clarke, Edith Cowlishaw, Barbara Davidson, Salvatore Gerardi, Angela Hayson, Roslyn Kean, Michael Kempson, Seraphina Martin, Bernhardine Mueller, Janet Parker-Smith, Elizabeth Pozega, Susan Rushforth, Gary Shinfield, Anne Smith, Laura Stark, Wendy Stokes, Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano, Olwen Evans Wilson and Ann Wu.

From Japan, Mana Aki, Ryuta Endo, Toshihisa Fudezuka, Hiroko Furuya, Fuki Hamada, Yoko Hara, Asumi Hayashi, Takahiko Hayashi, Jin Hirosawa, Junri Ikushima, Takumi Komori, Kana Nemoto, Narimi Ochi, Atsuko Ohta, Masaaki Ohya, Ritsuko Ozeki, Yuki Saito, Kuniko Satake, Momo Shiroyama, Takeshi Takano, Akiko Taniguchi, Toshinori Tanuma, Yasuyoshi Tokida, Kanako Watanabe and Taisuke Yuki.

LIST OF WORKS: (from left to right)
1. Akiko TANIGUCHI, Record of Cultivation, etching, mezzotint, chine-collé, 2012.
2. Narimi OCHI, Raging, silkscreen print, 2011.
3. Ryuta ENDO, Physica+sensus-X, lithograph & inkjet print, 2008.
4. Roslyn KEAN, Romancing the Plaid, woodblock, 2013.
5. Elizabeth POZEGA, Bliss, etching, 2013.
6. Salvatore GERARDI, From First Light Series, intaglio, 2013
25x25: Contemporary Japanese & Australian Printmaking
12 – 30 August 2013
Japan Foundation Gallery
Level 1, Chifley Plaza, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney
Monday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Free admission
Enquiries: reception@jpf.org.au / 02 8239 0055
Saturday 17th August:
1pm | Demonstration: Intaglio (etching) BOOKED OUT
with Michael Kempson and Susan Baran
More about the Demonstration

Susan Baran is a printmaker working with the relatively new technique of solarplate (photopolymer plate). It is a non-toxic form of plate making that uses intaglio printing methods similar to an etching. Susan will demonstrate how she prints with colour and have a variety of plates to view....

Michael Kempson will discuss the technical scope and rich visual potential of the intaglio process. Many prints will be referenced, some from his personal collection gathered over the years and others from the Cicada Press archive, a custom-printing research group at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Attention will be given to how some of these prints have been conceived and constructed through the collaborative working relationship Kempson has with many well known Australian artists. The prints, and the subsequent discussion, will offer an historical sweep of the medium and present a range of aesthetic intentions, starting with artists like William Hogarth through to Norman Lindsay and finishing with contemporary Australian and Japanese artists including Elisabeth Cummings, Vernon Ah Kee, Euan Macleod, Reg Mombassa, Yozo Hamaguchi, Katsunori Hamanishi and Yoshito Arichi.

Saturday 17th August:
2pm | Guided Floor Talk BOOKED OUT
with Karen Ball, Janet Parker-Smith, Elizabeth Pozega and Michael Kempson
More about the Floor Talk

These experienced printmakers, with diverse skills in different print media, will lead the audience through the exhibition while sharing their knowledge of technique, interpretation of themes and what inspires various artists. During this informal session questions will be invited from the audience who will also have the opportunity to examine printmaking tools and various printing plates.

Karen Ball
(MVA, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney) is President of Sydney Printmakers, teacher, visual art researcher and writer
Janet Parker Smith (MFA, COFA, UNSW) is a two and three dimensional artist, teacher and Technical Supervisor, Printmaking, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
Elizabeth Pozega (MFA, COFA, UNSW) is a very talented printmaker who combines various print media into exquisite, hybrid prints
Michael Kempson (MFA, COFA, UNSW) is a printmaker, Senior Lecturer / Head of Printmaking College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales and Director of Cicada Press

Saturday 24th August:
2pm | Demonstration: Woodblock printing BOOKED OUT
with Roslyn Kean and Susan Rushforth
More about the Demonstration

Roslyn Kean, during her Post Graduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL London in 1976–78, underwent some research work at the British Museum in the field of Traditional Japanese Woodblock prints. In 1985 Roslyn was awarded a Japanese Monbusho scholarship providing two years graduate research at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in the field of Mokuhanga. Since 1988 Roslyn has specialized in Japanese printing techniques and has taught extensively in Australia and the UK.

Susan Rushforth
studied traditional and contemporary woodblock printing in Japan from 1990 to 1994. From 1990–91, Rushforth studied traditional Japanese Woodblock printing under Tokuriki-sensei and sumi brushwork with Shotei Ibata-sensei from 1991–94 in Kyoto.  In 1993 she became a Research Student at Seika University in Kyoto where she studied woodblock printing and paper making under Kurosaki-sensei. In 1994, Rushforth was awarded a College of Fine Arts, University of NSW, Faculty Research Project Grant to do research at the Hall of AWA Japanese Handmade Paper at Tokushima, Japan. In 2011, Rushforth presented a paper at the 1st International Mokuhanga Conference at Awaji City on Awaji Island, Japan. The paper outlined the evolution of woodblock printing in Australia and put into context the work of contemporary artists working with this method.

Presented by: In Partnership with:
Japan Foundation, Sydney