In the 1860s, the influence of Japanese art (such as one of the most well-known woodcut image in history, The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai) upon many artists of the time – notably Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, and others – led to a revival of the medium in Europe.
Modernist and German Expressionist artists continued to favor woodcut printing due to the ease of production in the studio with little special equipment. Interest in block printing continues with people young and old to this day.
Jaime Wing is a printmaker, artist and designer based in Portland, Maine. Originally a digital artist and watercolorist, Jaime’s first taste of relief printmaking was in high school, but when he took a course in stone lithography in college he fell in love with printmaking processes. These days, Jaime’s printing methods of choice are letterpress and traditional wood block printing. Jaime does most of his print work at Pickwick Independent Press, a cooperative, community-based printshop in downtown Portland.
Jaime will be carving and printing in the Town Hall on August 20 and September 14.