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MORIMURA Ray
Born: 1948, in Tokyo
Medium: multi-colored relief prints

Ray Morimura is a graduate of Tokyo Gakugei University, where he studied Art Education and Oil Painting. Originally his works were geometric-style abstractions. But later he was inspired by Shigeru Hatsuyama and Sumio Kawakami, and began to learn woodblock techniques. Unlike most other Japanese woodblock printmakers, he uses oil-based inks to create the detailed images.

His technique is to carve both 6mm thick plywood blocks and 3mm thick blocks laminated with P-tile, a flooring material. This process permits quite complex designs, which are now printed on hemp paper. Essentially each color requires a separate block, and separate inking. Some blocks are printed with solid colors, while others include bokashi or a gradation of color.

Of his work, Morimura says “printing demands total concentration as a single hair or dust can ruin a print. I usually clean my studio thoroughly before printing. With prints one can never be certain of the outcome until the final stage is completed. There is always the unexpected, which makes it all the more intriguing. As with Zen and ink paintings, I hope something spiritual, in a contemporary sense, can be expressed in these landscape works. I like the 17th century Rinpa style of Japanese art which featured elaborate and beautiful designs.”

Exhibitions:
Tokyo
Seattle
CWAJ Print Show, Tokyo annually since 1990. Print Demonstration, 2002
Kanagawa
Portland Japanese Gardens, Oregon

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