Archive for June, 2010

Venus and Garden

Venus and Garden
Noah Overby
Woodblock print in an edition of 20
Image size: 5.5 x 3.5 inches
available at noahoverby.etsy.com

“Venus and Garden” is a woodblock print on Japanese Masa paper, printed in a blue-grey. The figure is inspired by an ancient Roman, marble. The garden is loosely defined but depicts a fountain, irises and suggestions of blossoms and foliage with clouds in the distance. It provided an opportunity to bring together my current interest in statues of Roman antiquity while alluding to themes in traditional Japanese screen painting, such as the irises, blossoms and clouds.

I have always been fascinated by the artwork of Ogata Korin who worked in the decorative Rimpa style. His paintings of irises make reference to the Ise Monogatori, or Tales if Ise in which a poet who is traveling far from the capitol constructs a poem in which each line begins with a syllable from the word for irises. His poem expressing a longing for his lover who is far away in the capitol. This link includes an image of some of Korin’s screens depicting irises and more information about their meaning.

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Roman Head Woodblock print

Roman Head
10 x 7 inches
2 Color Woodcut on Japanese Paper
available at noahoverby.etsy.com

I just finished printing my edition for the Print Zero Studios Print Exchange #7. “Roman Head” is printed in black and blue/grey from 2 blocks of pine. The edition size is 15 which are all going to the print exchange, but I have a few artist proofs that I am offering for sale.

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