The woodblock prints of Oregon artist, Walt Padgett are on exhibit at the College Gallery at Shoreline Community College through May 4, 2010.
Padgett, a painter and sculptor, began making woodcuts in 1976, hand printed in the western tradition, but when he witnessed an exhibition and demonstration of the Japanese woodblock printing method in 1978, he became enthralled. He completed an intensive one month of study at the Yoshida Hanga Academy in Tokyo in 1983 and has made three subsequent trips to Japan since.
He bicycled the route of the ancient Tokaido Road in search of the actual places and landscapes depicted in the famous woodblock prints by Andy Hiroshige and Jun’ichiro Sekino.
“My main passion is Japanese woodblock printmaking and sources of imagery that can be found in Japanese culture and history,” Padgett said.
Padgett’s current work reflects both western and eastern influences.