Untitled (from the series ‘Primitive Energy Prints’) is a color woodcut with gauffrage, by Japanese printmaker Hodaka Yoshida (1926-1995), done in 1956. The image measures 13-3/4 x 19-3/16″. This impression is pencil signed, titled, dated by the artist in the lower margin. It was printed by the artist by hand on a heavy, antique-white kizuki-hosho paper that measures 16-1/4 x 22-3/4″. The artist did not print official “editions” at this time.
A modernist woodcut abstraction, done in blacks and gray by Hodaka Yoshida. The white areas have blind-embossed “karazuri” gauffrage elements. Done in 1956, after Yoshida had traveled to the United States, Cuba, and Mexico, all of which left a deep impression on the artist. Between 1955 and 1963 he did a series of woodcuts he called “Primitive Energy Prints”, abstractions of the primitive in Pre-Columbian forms achieving a feeling of motion: http://www.myjapanesehanga.com/home/artists/hodaka-yoshida-1926-1995
Hodaka, son of printmakers Hiroshi and Fujio Yoshida and younger brother of printmaker Toshi Yoshida became a printmaker against his father’s wishes. He said “My father’s opposition made me an abstract artist, I’ve always liked Miro and Klee, but I don’t know that either has been a concrete influence…I started to make prints around 1950 and I’ve carved and printed my own from the beginning.”
In an interview with Ronald Robertson Yoshida talked about his process: “…I start with a vague idea or emotion which I try to visualize from various angles or points of view. Occasionally I succeed on fixing it as a clear image, but the original idea often develops into another object…An action inspires me with an idea which decides or stimulates the next action. Forms and colors thus produced are gradually organized into a picture…
Sometimes, I find, quite by chance, in an automatic drawing, a part of a sketch or stains on paper that which I had been looking for, and then I begin to work it out into a definite image.”