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Simon Occleshaw


Limited edition of 14. Reduction print on Hosho (approx 7 colours)

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Mount Koya (高野山, Kōyasan) is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi, one of Japan's most significant religious figures.

I visited this small, secluded temple town in 2008 and a number of images and scenes have stayed with me since. This is one of the most serene places I have ever been lucky enough to visit, particularly in the depths of winter when snow dampens all noise.

In this print, my aim was to evoke a sense of that calm as well as the winter light creeping through the huge cedar trees in the background.

This is a 5 layer reduction lino-cut print


Limited edition of 14 prints, printed on off-white Japanese Hosho paper using Cranfield Caligo oil-based relief inks.

Paper size is 40cm x 29cm, printed area is 34 x 24cm.