Shadowing a Master: Hokusai

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I am a self taught printmaker.  Early on in my career, I taught myself to make prints by reverse engineering three of my favorite printmaker, Jim Pollock’s masterworks.  Recently I was commissioned to make a poster commemorating a concert I was at.  Phish played the Worcester Centrum in late November of 1998, as they would typically do post Thanksgiving.  At this particular show, the band, weaved in and out of the surf rock classic Wipeout throughout the evening.

When asked to do this print, I immediately thought of The Great Wave  by master printmaker   Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎 circa October 31, 1760 – May 10, 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period.[1] He was influenced by Sesshu and other styles of Chinese painting.[2] Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景 Fugaku Sanjūroku-kei?, c. 1831) which includes the internationally iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s.- from wikipedia

Cutting in the footsteps of a legend is thrilling and scary at the same time.  But you always learn something when you look back like this.  Prints are available in my shop:

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