Artist: Katsutoshi Yuasa
Katsu makes large, highly-detailed woodcuts based on photographs which he takes, edits, and then changes to monochrome, before cutting the wood board by hand. Meticulously crafted, his prints are the products of an intense and lengthy process. Yuasa describes this process as an act of ‘purification’, a feature enhanced by his decision to work in monochrome. He sees this transformation of an original image as somehow a means of grasping a higher truth or meaning.
The woodcuts of Katsutoshi Yuasa, in their application, reflect back to his native Japanese tradition of woodcuts, but their photographic content and urban derivation places them in the 21st century.