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Natsukusa (Summer grass)

Item Code: MW-85202-sv
Wood engraving
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Signed verso
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Base price $1,504
Signed verso acrylic on weathered plywood (driftwood) from the Conwy estuary.

This translation of an anonymous Japanese poem celebrates the (almost anonymous) work of the English poet Ralph Hodgson, who in the 1930s assisted the committee of scholars translating and editing the Manyoshu, the earliest and greatest Japanese anthologies, originally compiled in the eighth century . Hodgson contributed by revising their initial versions and it is generally acknowledged that the quality of the published translations owes much to his ability as a scholar and poet. Summer grass is associated in Japanese poetry with making vows of love.

A free copy of Martin Wenham’s new book Martin Wenham The Art of Letter Carving, published by Crowood Press (price £25), will accompany each purchase from the exhibition.
Martin Wenham PortraitBorn in 1941, Wenham’s interest in lettering was stimulated at an early age. At university Wenham read botany and forestry, his artistic propensity aiding with precise observational drawing. Throughout this time an interest in pen-lettering persisted and after a research colleague requested a carved house-name in wood Wenham approached the professional carver Harry Spring, who showed him the basic technique of letter-cutting.

After a year Wenham left research and for the next 23 years taught in secondary, primary and special schools, with 9 years’ lecturing at the University of Leicester. He first exhibited his letter-cutting work in 1982; since 1984 it has been shown in the major British exhibitions of lettering arts. Wenham’s work is held in the Crafts Council’s Permanent Collection and in private collections in Britain, the USA, Germany, Japan and Puerto Rico.
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