Ukiyo-E: art talk on Japanese Woodblock Printing

Nick Pearson

6 Mar

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD


Class details

Join us for a fascinating talk on the history of Japanese Woodblock Printing. You’ll learn about its development and influence on western modern art.

Monday 6 March

10am – 12pm

Fee : £10 per person includes light refreshments

If you trace the development of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock printing, you’ll see how it influenced western modern art. Eduard Manet, Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec and many others were great fans and modern art would certainly not have been the same without it.

Join Nick to see its development over three centuries; from scrolls and crudely-printed monochrome block books to the beautiful prints by Hokosai and others. The prints of the masters of the Japanese Edo period appeared in Europe from the 1850s onwards. Both artists of the mid- to late-19th century and the design style of Art Nouveau owed so much to their work.

After the lecture Nick sends you notes on the topics and works of art that you’ve seen during the talk.


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 6 Mar -
Monday 10:00 am
Fees: £10

About the tutor

Nick Pearson

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. He creates large, wall-based works which explore formal relationships through shape and colour, often with a kind of abstract visual humour – but as in all collage, each constituent part has its own history and poetic meaning. Nick uses everyday objects in his artwork which he has often found or which have been discarded.

For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website:

To book special, private tours (for birthdays, corporate events, etc) please email him:

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