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September 2011

Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh, NC, Offers a Celebration of Block Prints

Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh, NC, is presenting the exhibit, Block Party, a celebration of the block print including works by Joseph Cave, Andy Farkas and John Gall. The gallery is pleased to also include historic Japanese woodblock prints as a part of this exhibition, all from the 19th and 20th Century. The exhibit will be on view through Sept. 30, 2011.

The block print or relief print is the subject of this show at Adam Cave Fine Art. The gallery is pleased to exhibit works by three North Carolina printmakers as well as historic Japanese works from the 19th and 20th Century. Color and black and white works in both Eastern and Western traditions will be shown including woodblock prints, linoleum block prints and wood engravings.

Joseph Cave is a renowned Southern landscape painter who has routinely exhibited oil paintings as well as beautiful black and white etchings of subjects ranging from the farmland and coast of the Carolinas to European scenes. What have never been exhibited before are his small-scale woodblock prints, originally created as gifts for family and close friends. This show features six of these black and white works, printed in small re-editions of eight prints each. Many of the compositions feature flowers and demonstrate a love of the earthy qualities of wood grain as well as an abstract artist’s sense of positive and negative space.

John Gall has exhibited his etchings and block prints for years at Adam Cave Fine Art. His works take their inspiration from the European block printing traditions with compositions reminiscent of medieval art. Gall does both woodblock prints and linoleum block prints. When using wood he often chooses soft woods that give his works excessive wood grain while, in his linoleum block prints there is a cleanness that lets us focus on his imaginative characters, symbols, and settings.

Andy Farkas is an Asheville, NC-based printmaker showing with the gallery for the first time. His works in both wood engraving and a style of Japanese color woodblock printing called Moku Hanga that makes use of water-based paint instead of inks to produce subtle, translucent colors. His works often feature animals and nature along with a line of text suggesting that each is a page in a larger story.

The gallery is pleased to also include historic Japanese woodblock prints as a part of this exhibition, all from the 19th and 20th Century. Artists include Kunisada and Kuniyasu whose scroll prints and bust portraits from the 1830s and 1860s feature young women and courtesans. From the 1930s - 1940s we have images of temples and street scenes by Hiroshi Yoshida and Kawase Hasui, two artists most associated with the reemergence of the Ikiyo-e in the 20th Century.

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