It is my aim to not only progress and improve my technique, but to promote the beauty and wonder of Japanese woodblock printmaking. 

 

My story

I guess it could be said that I fell into the world of Japanese woodblock printmaking. It was at a museum in Oxford that I had my first experience with woodblock prints. A series of Utagawa Kuniyoshi kabuki prints was on display and the moment I saw them I was captivated. 

It seemed impossible to me that these images were carved with a knife and printed by hand, it was almost beyond my comprehension and I never considered I would then take up the study of Japanese prints.

I am still so early in my development and am under no illusions as to how far I have to go. This medium is so rewarding in the way of being able to see tangible progression from print to print.

I push and strive to become better and refine my technique, with each line I carve and each rub of my baren I become better as a craftsman. This is my goal, to one day be able to call myself what the Japanese masters of the past would call a 'shokunin.'


I just love making beautiful objects and here in Japanese printmaking, I have the perfect medium for this.
— David Bull, Master Japanese Woodblock Printmaker