Japanese artist Koichi Yamamoto will give two lectures on printmaking, particularly on merging traditional and contemporary approaches to his work, and creating innovative perspectives.

The talks will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) and at Qatar National Library. Yamamoto’s exploration and mastery of the complex process of engraving has raised his work to an extraordinary level in printmaking.


The first lecture will take place this Tuesday, 22 October at the Atrium of VCUarts Qatar. The second lecture will take place on Saturday, 26 October at Qatar National Library. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Yamamoto will share his ideas and motivations, and how locations and situations influenced his work. Looking back on his 30 years of printworks, he will summarise the evolution of formats, methods and learning processes. Yamamoto’s print works are part of ‘Highlights 2012-2019’ exhibition organised by Fanoon Center For Printmedia Research, ongoing until this Saturday, 26 October.

The master printmaker, renowned for his complex engravings, will also talk about his recent focus on functional forms and intaglio printed kite art at Qatar National Library. Yamamoto’s prints explore issues of the sublime, memory and atmosphere. Koichi has worked at many scales, from small and meticulously engraved copper plates to large monotypes.

Yamamoto has exhibited internationally and has taught at Utah State University and the University of Delaware, and is currently a full Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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