Terry McKenna originally trained as an oil painter and with a long career under his belt, Terry has been focused on producing woodblock prints in a variety of techniques since 2005. Now working entirely within the traditional Japanese water based print technique, Mokuhanga, he produces subtly coloured complex works, requiring exacting carving and printing across multiple blocks, colours and processes.
Having lived overseas for many years, Terry recently returned to Australia where he now produces his prints and runs the Australian Mokuhanga School, teaching workshops throughout Australia. His work has been exhibited in multiple solo and group shows in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and America. While living in Kyoto studying mokuhanga, he was granted the rare honour of a Teachers License for Mokuhanga to add to his other qualifications, including his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts.
His works are often built up of many impressions, sometimes as many as thirty in a single work. All blocks are hand carved and hand printed with the traditional simple tools of mokuhanga – carving chisels, brushes and baren, giving them a unique complexity and beauty while the natural beauty of the hand-made Japanese papers used are retained.
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