Ahead of his recent print release, 'Almost Immortal Venice', Katsutoshi Yuasa gave us a look inside his studio, showing us his entire woodcut process, and the inspirations behind his work.

Katsutoshi Yuasa has created this series of 4 woodcuts to commemorate the 60th Venice Biennale! To learn more about these prints, have a read of our recent blog post!



Depending on the size of the woodblock, it can take 3 weeks or more for Katsutoshi to complete the carving stage of his printing process, each line painstakingly hand-carved into the wood until the complete scene is formed.



"I have decided to use the woodcut technique as a way of exposing images (...) I would like to grasp the light on plywood by  hand, instead of exposing the film."




The resulting woodblock, which is a beautiful piece of art in itself, is then inked up with a hand-roller, and printed using a Baren - this tool is a vital part of the traditional Japanese printmaking process! Made from bamboo, the Baren is used to transfer ink from woodblock to paper by hand, manually pushing the two surfaces flush together, as opposed to using a printing press.



After hanging to dry for a week, Katsutoshi's woodcut prints are ready for release!



You can now view and purchase Katsutoshi Yuasa's 'Almost Immortal Venice' series on our website, alongside all of his other available work.

Over on Instagram, we've been posting even more content from Katsutoshi in the studio, showing us his whole printing process, so make sure to follow us and add us to your favourites to see it all!


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