By Nana Shiomi
Published by Rabley Contemporary and Nana Shiomi
ISBN: 978-0-9926817-4-6 This Side and the Other Side: Woodcuts 1996-2016
This Side and the Other Side is an Anglo-Japanese odyssey of the artistic achievement of Nana Shiomi. It follows a 20-year journey of printmaking – paying homage to the past and her native culture, while at the same time gently forging her unique contemporary vision. It culminates in the completion of the epic print series, ‘One Hundred Views of Mitate’. Those who have observed her journey include Akira Moriguchi, curator at the Sezon Museum in Japan, and Chris Orr, artist and former professor of printmaking at the Royal College of Art in London. Their contributions to her newly published book reflect back to her roots, and the singular endeavour of her practice as an artist for whom printmaking is central to her life and being.
In this event, Nana Shiomi will discuss her life as a printmaker and the completion of ‘One Hundred Views of Mitate’ that has taken twenty years to complete. She will reveal the compelling complexities of her art and share the beautiful imagery she has created since coming from Tokyo to study and live in London.
This Side and the Other Side will be available at the special price of £25 (RRP £30) at this event. You can also buy the book online here.
About the contributors
Nana Shiomi was born in Osaka, Japan, and studied oil painting and printmaking at the Tama Art University (BA, MA), Tokyo where she first encountered woodcut print techniques. Shiomi came to London to study contemporary art and received an MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art in 1991. She has been living and working in London since 1989 and has exhibited widely all over the world. Shiomi makes contemporary woodcut prints, often using traditional Japanese icons. Her woodcut printing technique is based on the traditional Japanese way of printing with water-based colours, but utilising new materials and tools, including contemporary Baren. Selected public collections to feature her work include: Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Oriental Museum, Durham; Pallant House Gallery, Chichester; Bronx Museum of Arts, New York, USA; National Museum Gdansk, Poland; Brunel University, London; Royal College of Art, London; Tama Art University, Tokyo. Shiomi is a member of RE, the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and Japan Artists Association Inc.