Japan This Week
(1999) Here is something for those of you who can't understand Japanese! NHK has an overseas broadcasting arm, and they featured my work in a segment on their Japan This Week program. It was broadcast with both Japanese and English soundtracks, but the copy I had available has them blended together! Can you mentally pick out the English only as you watch? (7 minutes ... about 12.7Mb)
The 'Woodblock Shimbun' has a full selection of TV programs on file. Videos available include some of David's news appearances, complete feature programs, and some short documentaries on his work. The files are in QuickTime format, and can be easily viewed with your browser.
Program listings are on the Index page ...
David Bull: Printmaker
The classic woodblock prints made famous by Hokusai and others depict a stylized, long-lost Japan. A chance encounter with woodblock printing at an exhibition in Toronto more than twenty years ago led David Bull down a path that has made him the only artist, Japanese or foreign, working to reproduce those classical prints. (2000)
A Traditional Woodblock Printer
Surrounded by carving tools, brushes and bowls of
pigment, he spends hours absorbed in the exacting work that has
become both a passion and a ten-year project. A Canadian who moved to Tokyo in 1986, David Bull
has made an extensive effort to learn and practice woodblock
printmaking as it was mastered in Edo-era Japan. He is currently
producing a series of woodblock prints using designs by the famous
Ukiyo-e artist Katsukawa Shunsho. The theme is the 100 poets of old
Japan (Hyakunin Isshu) and in four years he has completed 40 of them.
He expects to finish the collection in 1998. (1992)
The Blue-eyed Ukiyo-e Craftsman
Midnight is the best time.
The noise and confusion of the day's activities has died down, my two
young daughters are lost in their dreams, the roar of the traffic
passing on the road outside has dwindled away to an occasional
murmur, and my hand is now steady and ready for the challenge. The
easy parts are done, the kimono designs, the lettering, the outlines.
Tonight I will carve the face - slicing away the rock-hard cherry
wood sliver by sliver, and watching as the delicate features of a
10th century court lady gradually take shape in the wood. (1992)