I’ve been very inspired by traditional Japanese woodblock printing — strong graphics, clean lines, with soul:
Vincent Van Gogh and Japanese Woodblock Prints
Apparently Van Gogh was deeply inspired by Japanese woodblock printing. He inspired the surrealists:
Some Van Gogh quotes on these Japanese woodblock prints:
My studio’s tolerable because I’ve pinned Japanese prints on the walls. Female figures in gardens, horsemen, gnarled thorn branches. – Van Gogh
We wouldn’t be able to study Japanese art without becoming much happier and more cheerful, and it makes us return to nature – Van Gogh
Also, Frank Lloyd Wright collected hundreds of colored Japanese woodblock prints as inspiration.
Know that with art; there are no limits. Find inspiration everywhere.
I found all these images on Wikipedia for Japanese Woodblock Prints.
Cindy A. Nguyen on Henri Oger
Cindy also worked on a project, which got me into woodblock printing. It was based on a French historian named ‘Henri Oger.’ Imagine, street photography via woodblock prints:
See her introduction to the project, to see how you can combine photography with woodblock printing: INTRO TO THE HENRI OGER PROJECT: ‘ON READING A PERIPHERAL TEXT’
The City of Angels
Also Cindy made her own linoleum ‘woodblock’ prints, for our ‘City of Angels‘ project.