May 31, 2021
The work of Canadian mokuhanga printmaker Graham Scholes is the
work of an artist searching for history. His career has taken him
across Canada, teaching, studying and creating his prints and water
colours. Graham has worked in various types of printmaking
and art but it is mokuhanga which he seems to have found his voice.
In this episode of The Unfinished Print, Graham (accompanied
with his wife Marnie) goes into his artist life, his relationship
with printmaker Noboru Sawai, his various print series as well as
his printmaking methods and philosophies. We also discover how
history shapes an artist.
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Graham Scholes website and shop can be
Art Gallery Of Ontario is a big box
art gallery located in the city of Toronto founded in 1900.
Western Technical School is a high
school located centrally in the city of Toronto and was founded in
1927 with a focus on machinery and robotics.
Font de libération du Québec (FLQ) was
a neo-nationalist and separatist political group and terrorist
organization which was highly active in the Canadian province of
Québec from 1963-1971. For a good read on the subject, D’arcy
Jenish’s book The Making of the October Crisis is worth a read.
Barrie, Ontario, Canada is a city
located in the Canadian province of Ontario with a long a rich
history of First Nation and settler tradition and culture.
The McLaren Art
Centre which Graham discussed in the episode is
located in Barrie.
Vancouver Island is an island off the coast of
Canada with a rich history of First Nations and settler
is a book published by Graham Scholes
describing the use of watercolours as an art form.
Let There Be Light is a book
by Graham Scholes about his lighthouse woodblock prints.
(1931-2016) - mokuhanga and
printmaking teacher of Graham Scholes, an American/Japanese
printmaker who spent 22 years in Calgary, Alberta at the University
of Calgary. He studied printmaking with Tōshi Yoshida (1911-1995)
in Japan. His studio, Sawai Atelier was established in Vancouver,
BC in 1981.
Kochi, is a prefecture located on
Shikoku Island in Japan. It has a rich samurai history and
tradition of paper making. Inochō paper making museum is located in
Takamatsu is a port city in Kagawa
prefecture on Shikoku Island in Japan.
shina (Tilia Japonica) is a Japanese
plywood made for mokuhanga printmaking.
The West Coast Trail
is a 75km trail for
backpacking which follows the southwestern edge of Vancouver
gomazuri is a printmaking technique
called sesame printing in English printed with water and
is a form of
printmaking developed by Canadian printmaker Nik Semenoff using
silicone, offset aluminum plates, toner, water-soluble pencils and
is drawing on copper plates
with diamond or carbide tipped needles, inked then cleaned.
This process is in the intaglio family of printmaking.
is an American mokuhanga
Appalachian Trail series is one of the greatest modern mokuhanga
print series available today. He was interviewed by The Unfinished
Print and can be found
Sybil Andrews (1898-1992) was a
British modernist linocut printmaker, painter, and teacher who
lived in British Columbia. Her works are lauded and highly
are Japanese stencil
prints by layering colour and form with stencils cut by the artist.
Made famous by Yoshitoshi Mori (1898-1992). Mokuhanga printer and
painter Paul Binnie also began his career with kappazuri. Ronin
Gallery NY has a great blog post about kappazuri here
reduction printmaking, colloquially
known as “suicide prints,” is a form of printmaking where the
printmaker cuts away from one wood or Lino block , printing
as they go.
Walter J. Phillips (1884-1963) was a
British born printmaker who lived in Victoria, British Columbia.
Famous for his watercolours and self-taught woodblock prints, WJP
made his own tools and made some of the greatest woodblock prints
opening and closing credit
background music: Blue, Red and Grey by The Who from the
record, The Who By Numbers (1975)
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