AMITIAE - Friday 17 April 2015

Exhibition of Ukiyo-e Artist Katsushika Hokusai at Obuse, Japan: Media Contributions by Epson

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By Graham K. Rogers


My eventual evolution into teacher began as an indirect result of two events: a motorcycle accident; and the earlier discovery of an unidentified print in a sale in western England. Trying to find out about that picture, led me down a trail that included Japanese Art, particularly the ukiyo-e woodblock print.

As well as the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, I found out about prints at auction houses like Christie's, buying a couple of examples.

Perhaps the best known artists in the genre are Utamaro, Hiroshige and Hokusai. Utamaro is highly regarded for his images of women, while Hiroshige and Hokusai produced landscapes, street scenes as well as pictures of flowers and birds. The latter produced several series, but perhaps the most famous of all in the genre are Hokusai's Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, which includes perhaps the most iconic image of all time, the Great Wave off Kanagawa.

The great Wavae off Kanagawa

Katsushika Hokusai produced works in other media, including paintings, and ink drawings as well as larger works on paper. Epson Corporation is supporting a special exhibition of works by Hokusai at the Hokusai-kan Museum in Obuse, Japan, to celebrate the museum's 40th anniversary in 2016.

Epson - Hokusai

At the exhibition, all 36 works in the Fuji series will be shown along with special displays projected using an Epson EB-535W projector. Other projectors used are the EB-535W and EB-1776W.

Epson has also produced expanded prints of the original works using a large-format printer (Epson Stylus Pro 11880). In the case of some of the works which were too large to be transported, Epson has produced images in a smaller size for the displays.

The exhibition is set to run until 30 June 2015.

More information on their involvement is available from Epson Global in a press release.

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Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.



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