Matt Brown’s “Wood and Water” Exhibit Now Open at Galletly Gallery

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Wood and Water by renowned artist Matt Brown is now on-exhibit in New Hampton School’s Galletly Gallery from Thursday, September 1 – Saturday, October 8. The public is invited to a reception for the artist on Friday, September 23, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

A Look Inside the Art

Matt Brown makes color woodblock prints using the traditional Japanese hanga method. “This is printing from multiple carved wood blocks using rice paste, dry pigments, sumi ink, and water with brushes and a hand-held baren as a press.” The Hanga method is the same technique used to make the prints of Hokusais, Hiroshige, and others, the ukiyo-e prints of Edo Japan. Ukiyo-e is a Japanese art movement that flourished from the 17th to the 19th century and produced paintings and prints depicting the everyday life and interests of the common people.

Matt Brown has been working in the hanga method of Japanese printmaking since 1993. “Learning to work with wood, to line things up and judge by eye, to draw up plans and build them into 3 dimensions: this was my printmaking apprenticeship. My materials are now pigments, carved woodblocks, and paper and my pursuit is with line, shape and color; but it feels like a similar process of visualizing something, analyzing it into parts, and then putting hand to tool to build things.”

A state juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen for 27 years, he also has set up two established galleries: Matt Brown Fine Art, LLC, in Lyme, NH; and a cooperative gallery specializing in hand-made prints, The New Leaf Gallery, in Weybridge, Vermont. Matt graduated from Harvard College in 1981 and is self-taught in printmaking.

“I began my experiments working the craft of color woodblock printmaking using Japanese methods. I have learned by trial and error, from studying prints, from books, from visits and conversations with other printmakers. I have learned a great deal from teaching.”


Matt Brown exhibits at New Hampton School in September 2022.

See the Exhibit

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Galletly Gallery is located at 34 Dr. Childs Road on the second floor of New Hampton School’s Moore Center. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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