Speaker: Dr. David Barker, researcher and author of numerous books, catalogues and glossaries of terms related to printmaking in China.
This beautifully illustrated talk by David Barker outlines the development of reproductive woodblock colour printing in China in the early 17th century. Beginning with two-colour (red and black) printing, the use of a single block having several applied colours known as maniere poupee, to examples of colour prints from multiple blocks contemporary with the invention of the printing table which allowed the full flowering of colour printing in multiple copies from blocks not sharing a common register.
David Barker is an Honorary Professor in the China Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou and in the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. He is Reader Emeritus, University of Ulster and a Senior Research Fellow, The Muban Educational Trust.
His research interest is in the history and technology of Chinese printmaking, and he has contributed to a number of books published by The British Library, The British Museum, The Muban Foundation and The China National Academy of Fine Arts. Among others, his book Traditional Techniques in Contemporary Chinese Printmaking was published by A&C Black in 2005 and A Chinese-English Glossary of Terms Relating to the History and Practice of Printmaking in China by the Heilongjiang Museum of Art in 2019.
28 February 2023 update: Due to a national rail strike on Thursday 16 March David Barker is unable to deliver Early Chinese Woodblock Colour Print of the Late Ming to the Mid-Qing Dynasties in person at the Museum as planned. It will now be taking place online for free.
This talk is part of our series of events associated with our exhibition ‘Revolution, Propaganda, Art: Printmaking in Modern China’ in association with the Muban Educational Trust.
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