Deidre Vaill

Mokuhanga or Japanese woodblock printing is a process that is more than a process, it is a history lesson. The materials, paper, woodblock, and tools, tell their own story of the development of printing in Japan . I have made my own brushes and baren in the traditional Japanese method, and I grind my pigments and use use traditional tools. I mostly use Japanese paper or washi.

I am interested in the variations in texture and colour that can be obtained. Hand printing allows me to actually feel my way through the print process using different papers, different moisture of the block and paper, and different barens, to produce a variety of marks. The simplicity of the resultant image belies the complexity of the process of the printing.

My images tend to be of objects and scenes that have captured my imagination because of their shape, texture or colour, but need to be conveyed in recognisable form. This means I am rather a bowerbird, collecting images, but like the bowerbird I try to weave them together into a coherent whole.

Art Education

1972 -4   Royal Art Society of NSW Art School

1978      St Martins College of the Arts, London. (Screen printing)

1980 – 1986 Batchelor of Arts – Majoring in Renaissance art, Modern art and Modernism

1995 – 2000 Private tutelage

2002 – 2005   TAFE Hornsby

(Printmaking: Gary Shinfield, Charles Arnold, Jacqui Driver, Serephina Martin, Elizabeth Hunter)

(Painting: Margaret Ackland, Liz Cummins, Paul Miller, Roger Crawford)

2011-             Stables Studio (Roslyn Kean)

Selective Exhibitions

2005               Jacque Cadrys Memorial Art Prize

2014               Mokuhanga Exhibition, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions

2003               Grosvenor Group – Hornsby Art Gallery

2004               Gaia, Gods and Goddesses   – Hornsby Art Gallery

2005               Artful Images – Gallery Ettalong

Nexis – Pump Gallery, Ultimo

Force of Nature –Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Carnevale Art – St Andrews Institute, Sydney

2006               Seed – Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Eight – Westfield Hornsby

Latest Works – 272 Gallery, Turramurra

2010               Stables Studio Group – Hornsby Art Gallery

2011               Ink, Paper, Carve – Hornsby Library Gallery

2012               Summer Pudding – Art House Hotel, Sydney

2015               THink – Ewart Gallery

2016               Hornsby Art Prize – Wallarobba Gallery, Hornsby

2017               Juxtapose – Ewart Gallery


Northside Printmakers

Founding Director Hornsby Art Gallery (now known as Wallaroba)

Stable Print Studio Artists –exhibiting member

Open Bite Inc