“Make artworks that float on air
Keep them light and strong
then they will have their own spirit when they fly.”
- Koichi Yamamoto
Tuesday, October 22 at 12:30pm at VCUarts Qatar's Atrium
Japan-born artist Koichi Yamamoto will present a lecture on the last 30 years of his printmaking work on merging traditional and contemporary approaches to printmaking, creating innovative approaches to the language of printmaking. His prints explore issues of the sublime, memory, and atmosphere.
The master printmaker, internationally known for his complex engravings, will also talk about his recent focus to functional forms and intaglio printed kite. Discovery is at the heart of Yamamoto’s work. It is his exploration and mastery of the complex process of engraving that raises his work to an extraordinary level in printmaking.
Koichi Yamamoto is an artist who merges traditional and contemporary techniques to develop unique and innovative approaches to the language of printmaking. His prints explore issues of the sublime, memory, and atmosphere. Koichi has worked at many scales, from small and meticulously engraved copper plates to large monotypes.
He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon and then moved to Krakow, Poland. He later studied engraving at the Bratislava Academy of Fine Arts in the Slovak Republic. Koichi also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland and completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, Canada. In addition he has worked as a textile designer in Fredericia, Denmark. Yamamoto has exhibited internationally. He has taught at Utah State University and the University of Delaware and is currently a full Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
This event is taking place in collaboration with VCUarts Qatar's Painting and Printmaking department along with the exhibition "Fanoon Center For Printmedia Research: Highlights 2012-2019". The exhibition including Koichi Yamamoto's prints will run from September 11 to October 26 at the Gallery at VCUarts Qatar.
Image: Courtesy of the Fanoon Center For Printmedia Research. Print by Koichi Yamamoto.