Thursday, 12 January 2012

Q is for .. Animal Woodblock ABC

Q is for ... Quail

I think this might be difficult - not many Q animals - Quetzal bird, Quokka, Quoll (both Australian marsupials) or even a Quagga (an extinct species of zebra). So it is backs to our feathered friends and the Quail.

Woodcut of Quails for a book illustration by Beatrice M Christy

"Quail" - screenprint
Ethleen Palmer (1906-58, Austrailian)

"Californian Quail"
Patti Jacquemain
A contemporary American wildlife artist and printmaker. She was born on Michigan and studied painting and printmaking at the University of California - See her website for more information - Link

"Quail in the Field"
Mildrd Nungester Wolfe (1912-2009)
Another American artist who during the late 1960's and 1970's created about 40 wood and lino cut relief prints. These are now available again, having been re-printed from the original blocks. Link . She has her own page on Wikipedia, so I assume she was fairly well respected in her day.

As I thought - I'm finding it hard to find prints of Quails worthy of inclusion. Oddly it seems to be a popular subject for amateur printmakers but not for the establishment names. However, I can rely on the Japanese masters to have used the Quail at some point in the last 300 years, so here are few classic Japanese woodblock prints.

Ogata Gekko (1859-1920)

"Quails and Peonies"
Rinsai Utsushi
He was a printmaker active in Tokyo from c1869 until c1890. He specialized in kacho-e, images of the natural world of birds and flowers

Suiko Fukuda
A Kyoto artist working in the mid 20th Century.
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