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Site last updated 1/25/2023.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

I make woodblock prints using the traditional Japanese hanga method.  Hanga is color woodblock printing entirely by hand, using a hand-held baren instead of a press, from multiple blocks with water, pigments, and rice paste.  It was the technique used to make the ukiyo-e and shin-hanga prints of Japan. 

My imagery is mostly of New England with a focus on the lakes and mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire.  I also pursue image ideas inspired by the coast of Maine, New York City, and the mountains of Colorado and Utah.

 

        

 

 
     

 

 

 

Fascinated by how making and viewing two-dimensional art can change the way we see our world,  I am in love with the color woodblock print, especially woodblock prints made with water using the Japanese hanga method.

I love the look of these prints: the clean carved edges juxtaposed with the soft watercolor look of the colors.  I love their simple materials of wood and water.  I love the intimate, responsive, tactile nature of this art form.

Highest quality artist pigments, rice paste, and acid-free cotton rag paper are my printing materials.   Brushes and a hand-held baren are my printing tools. Each print is hand-rubbed, often from 10 or more separate carved blocks.

   

 

 

   Up for a little color theory?

Printing
Using my baren to print

Copies of a booklet authored by myself and Prof. Ming Meng (a psychology professor specializing in the science of visual thinking),  The Energy Theory of Color, are available for purchase online (shipping is $5, east of the Mississippi) and at the Matt Brown Fine Art gallery in Lyme.

   

 

Matt Brown . . . . . . . 23 Washburn Hill Rd. Lyme, NH 03768 . . . . . . 603-795-4619. . . . . . matt@mbrownfa.com