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Elizabeth Forrest

Elizabeth Forrest is an experienced professional artist/printmaker living in Toronto. After studying and later teaching printmaking at the Ontario College of Art (OCADU), she travelled to Kyoto, Japan where she studied Japanese woodblock print, a.k.a mokuhanga. Mokuhanga uses traditional tools and materials to create woodblock prints with a unique aesthetic, often employing stylistic riffs from it’s predecessors, ukiyo-e and shin hanga of the 19th and 20th centuries. Though divergent in many ways, mokuhanga shares the same historical roots as manga and anime.

Living in Kyoto for 11 years Elizabeth became knowledgeable about traditional Japanese arts and developed associations with hand papermakers, ceramists, textile, sumi-e and shodo artists. Since returning to Toronto, Elizabeth has established a niche as a contemporary artist specializing In mokuhanga. Her work is represented by Open Studio Gallery, Toronto and she also exhibits regularly at GAS, (Gerrard Art Space) in Toronto. She has exhibited her work internationally including Tokyo in 2014, as well as Australia, Peru, Ireland, the USA. Most recently her work has been accepted for exhibition at the International Mokuhanga Conference Exhibition 2017, in Hawaii. She has been awarded a number of Canada Council grants for print projects and curation.

Elizabeth currently teaches several mokuhanga workshops a year at various local and national venues. Her works can be found in a number of private, corporate and institutional collections including the National Bank, Lethbridge University Art Gallery, and the Toronto Public Library Special Collections.

www.elizabethforrest.ca for more information.


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