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Terry McKenna
Traditional Japanese Art | Visual Art   (VIC)

"I have been concentrating on producing woodblock prints since 2006, and inevitably became inspired by the richness of Japanese woodblock prints which are rightly world famous. I love the marriage of art and craft that is needed to produce mokuhanga."  

Originally trained in oil painting, Terry has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts as well as many years experience tutoring art media to people of all abilities and walks of life.  

Terry has held numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1996, won awards, and has also been involved in community arts initiatives, writing art reviews for newspapers, and managed and taught at an arts facility for people with disabilities for 10 years. His work has been exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and New York and is in private collections in many countries throughout the world.

Starting in 2011 Terry was fortunate to spend two years living in Kyoto, studying under established mokuhanga artist and teacher, Richard Steiner. Mr Steiner was taught by the Hiroshima mokuhanga master Masahiko Tokumitsu, one of the founders of the Independant Print Movement in Japan. At the end of his time with Mr Steiner, Terry was fortunate to receive a mokuhanga teacher's license and teacher's name 刀楽 Touraku, from him.

After living overseas in New Zealand and Japan for many years, he has returned to Australia in early 2014 with the aim of establishing the Australian Mokuhanga School.

“I want my work to amaze you and reveal to you my view of the world and of human life.. I think that the artist can bring something positive and good into the world.. whether it is through beautiful colours, thoughtful images, gentle humour or a mixture of all these, I want my art to make the world a better place.”

Your Magic Tree (Detail) 2013, Prizewinner Kyoto International Art Exhibition 2013
The Distant Island, 2013
Website: www.egaku.com.au
Email: terry@egaku.com.au