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Matsubara Naoko

Japanese, active Canada, born 1937


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Born

Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku, 1937

Active

Canada

Occupation or Type

printmaker

illustrator

writer

Bio

Born on the island of Shikoku in Japan's Inland Sea, Matsubara grew up in Kyoto and studied design at the Kyoto Academy of Fine Arts. There, an instructor introduced her to printmaking by insisting that students apply their tools directly to the block rather than producing a preliminary sketch. Liberal use of the chisel became a hallmark of her work, and was further inspired by encounters with Munakata Shikô. After graduation in 1960, Matsubara pursued an MFA at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. During the ensuing years, she studied at the Royal College of Art in London and worked as an assistant to the woodcut artist and print historian Fritz Eichenberg. Matsubara is active as an artist, book illustrator, and lecturer and writer in both English and Japanese.

Gender

Female

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