Ken Januski - Woodcut Prints

Ken began experimenting with woodblock prints in 2013, after about three years using linoleum blocks. He found that he liked their gentler surface, especially when coupled with water-soluble inks. Since 2013 most of his prints have been woodcuts, though occasionally in combination with one or more linoleum blocks.

He is still trying to find the best mixture of realism and abstraction. As the following prints show sometimes they are much more abstract and sometimes abstraction is replaced by a simpler, seemingly primitive realism. In all cases his work is informed by his sketches from life. He likes to remain true to birds while not getting lost in details. This helps he thinks to better portray the emotional effect, or better the comprehensive experience, of seeing these birds in their habitat.

In 2017 he began experimenting with moku hanga, or traditional Japanese woodblock printing. It uses water-based materials, good quality Japanese paper and has a rich history. Though he much admires the prints of  moku hanga masters like Hokusai and Utamaro he realizes that he'll never be able to match the abilities of  these artists and their highly skilled carvers and printers. It is the rich color of a few contemporary  moku hanga artists that finally convinced him to give the method a try. Unlike much contemporary work however, that seems to eschew lines in favor of  color  fields, he  feels that lines are just too  important a part of any artist's tools to be ignored.

Jumping Gray Squirrel,  Eastern Kingbird, Ebony Jewelwing and Zabulon Skipper. Moku Hanga print by Ken Januski. Image is 6.25 x 8.25 inches. Entire print  is 8.75 x 10.75 inches. Edition of 12. 2017.

Nashville Warbler on Bamboo Bean Trellis. Moku Hanga print by Ken Januski. Image is 6 x 8 inches. Entire print  is 8.5 x 11 inches. Edition of  18. 2017.


Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Turkey Vulture and Trumpet Honeysuckle. Two-block Reduction Woodcut by Ken Januski. Image is 4x6 inches and entire print is 7x9. 2015.



Drake Canvsasback and Hooded Merganser at Wetlands of Morris Arboretum. Woodcut by Ken Januski..Edition of 12. Image is 4x6 inches and entire print is 7x9. 2015.




American Goldfinch EatingThistle. Multi-block Woodcut by Ken Januski. Edition of 12. Daniel Smith Water-soluble Ink on Shin Torinoko paper. Image is 6x8 inches; entire print is 9x11 inches. 2014.

Gray Catbird with Walnuts Multi-block Woodcut by Ken Januski. Edition of 12. Daniel Smith Water-soluble Ink on Shin Torinoko Paper. Image is 4x6 inches; entire print is 7x9 inchs. 2014.

Mergansers and Grebes on Schuylkill River Multi-block Woodcut by Ken Januski. Editon of 15. Daniel Smith Water-soluble Inks on Shin Torinoko Paper. Image is 6x8 inches; entire print is 9x11 inches. 2014.
Piping Plover at 'The Meadows' Multi-block Woodcut by Ken Januski. Edition of 12. Daniel Smith Water-soluble Ink on Rives Lightweight Paper. Image is 4x6 inches; entire print is 7x9 inches. 2013.

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