Hiroki Morinoue
Mokuhanga with Monotype Techniques

Session Two - June 18-24, 2017


Course Description
Students in this class will be introduced to Mokuhanga printmaking techniques and can carve their own design on a key woodblock, either in total abstraction or representational imagery. The key block involves all linear details, major surface textures and forms that are usually printed in a commending block. Colors will be used with monotype techniques to give more depth by applying transparent colors in layers, one over the other. These application will vary for each individual.

Short demonstrations will be offered in carving and printing techniques at the beginning of each day. Critiques will be held at the end of each session to observe what others are doing and discuss the different approaches.

Artist's Biography
A native of Hawaii, Hiroki received a BFA from California College of Arts with high honors in 1973 and studied Sumi-e Painting and Mokuhanga Printmaking in early 1980s. Over 40 years, he has worked in a variety of media and received numerous outstanding awards. He is one of the founders and a volunteer Artistic Director of Donkey Mill Art Center, the home of Holualoa Foundation for Arts & Culture. He was designated a Living Treasure of Hawaii by the Honpa-Hongwan-ji Mission in 1996, and was also recognized as a Distinguished Artist by Honolulu Printmaking Organization on their 85th Annual Exhibition and Honolulu Japanese Chambers of Commerce in 2013.

Artist's Statement
I have long been a patient observer of nature, in particular of its rhythms, patterns, and cycles. For over fifty years I have explored painting, printing, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. In much of my work there is a compelling sense of place: our shorelines, rocks, lava fields, skies, and rainforests of the Big Island. Lately, my concerns with the war, global warming, immigration, and the depletion of our natural resources are depicted in my work.

Supply List
A matt knife & 1/2" U gouge, and any other wood carving tools.

Watercolor pigments:

  • Red (Alizarin Crimson)
  • Yellow (Cad Yellow Light)
  • Blue (Thalo Blue)
  • Opaque White
  • Black
  • optional for a full color palette: Cad Red Light, Medium Yellow or Hansa Yellow, Ultramarine Blue

A bath towel (white)

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