Woodcut Prints

Woodcut Prints

Prints of woodcut/woodbock art for sale at NZ Fine Prints. Woodcut is the oldest of the printmaking media and was developed first in China then in Europe during the Middle Ages. As woodcut pre-dates the invention of letterpress, early woodcuts often included text. A large proportion of the population were illiterate, however, so woodcuts were an important way of communicating ideas and information. Woodcuts were used as an art medium by artists such as Bruegal, and notably Albrecht Durer who also worked extensively with metal engraving. The Japanese developed woodcut printing to a fine art from the mid-1600's; the work of Hokusai, Kunisada and Utamaro showing particular expression and refinement. In Europe, Munch and the German Expressionists revived the medium and later Picasso and Matisse pursued its variation - the linocut. Woodcuts are made by carving with chisels into a timber or particle board surface to create a relief image. Ink is then either rolled or dabbed onto the surface and an impression taken by placing paper on the inked block and passing them both through a press. A different carved block is required for each colour. Woodcuts often have a vigorous appearance with high contrast between black and white. They may show a woodgrain, but can also yield a flat surface. Because the block has a relief surface the paper is slightly embossed by the printing process (Source: Papergraphica). Please note that many of the prints shown in this collection are modern prints of woodcut/woodblock prints, these are not original prints by eg E. Mervyn Taylor, Hokusai etc.
Print of Maui and Mahuika by E. Mervyn Taylor

Print of Maui and Mahuika by E. Mervyn Taylor

NZ$279.95

Huia Print by E. Mervyn Taylor

Huia Print by E. Mervyn Taylor

NZ$279.95

Mt Fuji from Koganei Bridge by Hiroshige

Mt Fuji from Koganei Bridge by Hiroshige

NZ$29.95

Hiroshige Poster "The Outskirts of Koshigaya"

Hiroshige Poster "The Outskirts of Koshigaya"

NZ$29.95

Ichikoku Bridge Poster by Hiroshige

Ichikoku Bridge Poster by Hiroshige

NZ$29.95

Pine Beach at Miho by Hiroshige

Pine Beach at Miho by Hiroshige

NZ$29.95

Hiroshige Poster “The Sea at Sata”

Hiroshige Poster “The Sea at Sata”

NZ$29.95

Hiroshige Poster "The Drum Bridge"

Hiroshige Poster "The Drum Bridge"

NZ$29.95

Navaro Rapids by Hiroshige

Navaro Rapids by Hiroshige

NZ$29.95

Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai

Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai

NZ$59.95