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Print exhibition news: Breeze, at Mokspace

We loved Hyun Jeung’s woodblock prints when they were shown at Mokspace last year. So we’ll be sure to pop in to Mokspace to see them again, now in a group show.


Hyun Jeung, Katsutoshi Yuasa, Phil Greenwood Group Print Exhibition
Opening Reception: Tuesday 9th April 2013, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Exhibition: 9th April – 28th April 2013

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Mokspace is delighted to present a group exhibition of three remarkable printmakers: Hyun Jeung, Katsutoshi Yuasa and Phil Greenwood from Tuesday 9th April until Sunday 28th April 2013.

Breeze poster

Hyun Jeung is a printmaker and ceramist. She grew up in Korea before coming to France to earn a PhD in Fine Arts at Université Pantheon-Sorbonne. She also studied at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, with Jean-Pierre Pincemin, and explored Chinese woodblock printing at the Beijing Fine Arts University. She shows her work in France, the UK, Korea, and Tunisia, where she now lives. Several of her prints were acquired by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Tunisian Ministry of Culture. She was shortlisted for the GRAV’X prize in 1995 and 2007, and won the first prize of the Salon des Artistes de la Ville de Paris in 2002. “For this exhibition, Hyun proposes a combination of works reflecting on old and recent times and places in her life. You will discover plump kaki fruits emerging from her youth in Korea, apple blossoms which flower in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris where she likes to stroll, and the delicate arabesques of fragrant jasmine vines growing in her house in Tunisia. Hyun gives life to these feelings and perceptions many years after having first experienced them, often when she is already far away in another country. It may be her way to let her memory ponder, rendering the elusive lights and colors than can only be seen with eyes shut. It may also be a way to allow time to settle like dust, thus slowly revealing the multiple and ever changing beauty of things.”

Katsutoshi Yuasa makes woodcut prints from his own digital photographs. His prints take weeks to complete, as he translates pixels into a network of hand-carved lines on the wooden block. Transferred onto fine art paper, they are intricately detailed, but as the ink pools and bleeds unpredictably through the weave, they also acquire a soft, indistinct edge. By combining the two artistic processes Yuasa hopes to crystallise the atmospheric and emotional character of his subjects. Complex, evocative, and exquisitely finished, his prints bear the hallmarks of an artist who is steeped in his medium’s traditions; but they also retain a decidedly contemporary edge. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2005, Katsutoshi Yuasa has secured back to residencies and exhibited internationally. His work was featured in Paul Coldwell’s key publication ‘Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective’ in 2010 and has entered numerous public collections including the Royal College of Art and Clifford Chance. In 2011, he won two major UK printmaking prizes: the Towry Print Prize at the RA Summer Exhibition, and the Northern Print Prize. In 2012 he was invited to speak at the Second International Printmaking Symposium (SNAP) in Germany, and was the subject of a solo exhibition, ‘Miraculous’, in New York City, curated by Diana Ewer with the ISE Cultural Foundation, in association with TAG Fine Arts.

Phil Greenwood was born in 1943 in Dolgellau, North Wales and now lives in Kent. Educated at Harrow and Hornsey Colleges of Art, he went on to teach and lecture in printmaking for a short time and since 1971 has been a professional artist/printmaker. Since the early 1960s he has exhibited extensively throughout this country and abroad, both in one man shows and as a contributor to many major exhibitions. A landscape artist, he works mainly on copper plates. His work is extremely economical in that he usually uses only two plates and two or three colours to achieve a great range of tone and colour by the depth of the etch and by overprinting and fusing one colour with another. His images do not always relate to a specific place – he develops and works from an amalgamation of ideas recalled. The atmosphere exemplified by a landscape is the important factor.

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