Expat artist carves creative niche in Vietnam

Woodcut printmaking is said to have originated with the advent of paper, and is regularly linked with the reign of the Han Empire in China (206AD-220BC), a period associated with great prosperity in Chinese history. Whilst the earliest completed pieces date back to the 8th and 10th centuries in China and Japan, the art form eventually gained popularity in Europe by the 15th century, when it was used primarily to reproduce religious imagery. Since these times, the technique of hand-carving images onto blocks of wood, and producing a print by applying ink and then paper (or a variety of other materials), has enjoyed various renaissances. Getting personal ‘Saigon Compass,’ a woodcut print by Ho Chi Minh City-based artist Jack Clayton. Photo: Supplied by the artist Jack Clayton started doing ‘woodcut’ during his third year at Leeds Metropolitan University in England, ten years ago. Initially drawn to photography and illustration, his professors noticed his interest in ‘messing around with chemicals in the darkroom whilst trying to draw over film.’ It was then that they recommended he give woodcut printmaking a go, and the native East Londoner has been producing original material ever since. ‘Ca Phe Sang,’ a sample of work by Ho Chi Minh City based artists Jack Clayton. Photo: Supplied by the artist. “I’ve always been more attracted to hand-made crafts rather than digital,” he told Tuoi Tre News. “I feel the art is more personal when you aren’t relying on the latest technology to create your work. All you… [Read full story]


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