Paul Furneaux

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Paul Furneaux

Paul Furneaux

Ellon, Scotland

Scottish artist working with Japanese watercolour woodblock printing (mokuhanga)

Paul Furneaux is an Edinburgh-based artist, born Ellon, Scotland 1962.

For the last decade and more, he has been exploring traditional Japanese woodblock printing techniques. This inherently beautiful and simple process has allowed his work to develop in a contemplative and semi-abstract way.

He began watercolour woodblock printing (mokuhanga) on a scholarship to Tama Art University in Tokyo. He was motivated by a group of Japanese printmakers who he met at Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen where he was making large woodblocks in the early 1990s.

He didn’t make it to Tama until 1996. Events took him to Mexico where he painted angels, demons and masks in rich colours. It was an exhilarating if freaky time, ending in 46 of his paintings disappearing with an American art dealer.

He spent four years in Japan, studying Japanese and traditional woodblock techniques, finding a new way of expressing himself. he was, and still is, fascinated by the limitations of the process.

Very briefly, the technique involves printing watercolour onto handmade Japanese paper, using a hand-held disc called a baren. If you’re curious, there are notes about his approach and the process here.



Solo Exhibitions

2015: Outside: Inside William Road Gallery @John Mcaslan + partners, London
2015: Mokuhanga, Meffan Galleries and Museum, Forfar, Angus
2014: Paul Furneaux: Japanese woodcut prints, Dovecot studios, Edinburgh
2014: Japanese Woodcut Prints: Printmaking Studio, Academy of Fine Arts, Gent, Belgium
2014: Inside: Outside: Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2013: Northing and Easting: the visual poetry of Paul Furneaux, Impact 8 Conference, Duncan Jordanstone College of Art and Design
2013: Pause: House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
2013: Paul Furneaux, Claremont Gallery, Aberdeen
2012: New Works (two person with Niamh Flangan), Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2011: Indigo (two person with Alan Kilpatrick), Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh
2011: Paul Furneaux: Mokuhanga, Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery, Edinburgh
2009: Notes on a Landscape, i2, Open Eye Galley, Edinburgh
2007: Echo, Station K Studios, Sandnes, Norway
2005: Blue Flowers: Red Shadows, The Patriot Hall Gallery, Edinburgh
2003: New Works, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Connecticut, USA
2003: New Works, Northern Light Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2002: Grafics, The Honran Gallery, Falun, Sweden
2001: Stone Cut; Woodcut, Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh
2000: Woodcuts, Foyer Gallery, Aberdeen
1999: Strange Rain, Woodblock Prints, Saoh & Tomos Galleries, Tokyo
1996: Large Woodcuts, The Lemon Tree Gallery, Aberdeen
1996: Journeys on Paper – Watercolours and Woodcuts, The Firth Gallery, Edinburgh
1995: Colores de un Extraño Otoño, Institute of Anglo-Mexican Culture, Mexico City
1994: New Works, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh
1991 Works on Paper, Todd Gallery, London
1991: Works on Paper, Fujita Gallery, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
1990: Salvesen Travelling Scholarship Winner Exhibition with Charles Stiven, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
1989: Standing at the Water’s Edge, Todd Gallery, London
1989: Touching the Sea, Compass Gallery, Glasgow

Group Exhibitions

2016: Visual Art Scotland Annual Exhibition, Converge, Royal Scottish Academy Galleries
2015: Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy Galleries
2015: International Printmaking Exhibition, Xiaoxiang International Printmaking Centre, Mei Lun Gallery, Changsha, China (invited artist)
2015: Masters: Relief Prints, Bankside Gallery, London
2015: National Open Art Exhibition, The Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art London (prize winner)
2015: Seeing Through The Abstract, three person show, Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay, Scotland
2015: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2015: Form/Fragment, 5 Artists, West Yorkshire Print Workshop
2014: National Open Art Competition Exhibition: Somerset House, London
2014: Scottish Art Today: Bohun Gallery, Oxfordshire
2014: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
2014: Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2013: Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2013: Summer Exhibition Royal Academy, London
2013: Mokuhanga Prints: Riding the Great Wave, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University, Canton, USA
2013: Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition
2013: Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour Annual Exhibition
2013: Society of Scottish Artists Annual
2013: Exhibition of the Six Autumn 2012 Mokuhanga Residents, CfSHE Annex Gallery, Tokyo
2012: Prints 21, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo in celebration of 80th anniversary of the Japanese Print Association (invited artist)
2012: Natural Curiosity, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh
2012: Weaving the Century: Tapestry from Dovecot Studios (1912-2012)
2012: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2012: Royal Glasgow Insitute Annual Exhibition
2012: The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition: Artists Studios (invited artist)
2011: In Japan: Highlights of Academicians’ projects in contemporary Japan, Royal Scottish Academy
2011: The Scottish Summer Exhibition, the Fleming Collection, London
2011: Reflection: selected exhibition from recipients of Visual Arts Awards Scheme 2000-2010, City Art Centre, Edinburgh
2011 Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition
2010: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2010: Japanese Wave – New Shores, Contemporary Japanese woodcut prints from Scotland, Finland and Japan, Northern Print Gallery, Newcastle
2008: Yard Art – The Repeat Performance of Thought, Roof Gallery, Tokyo
2008: Footprint: First International Biennale, Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Connecticut, USA
2007: 40 Years of Original Prints, Edinburgh Printmakers
2006: Crossflows 6 – International Artists Interpret Japanese Woodblock Printing, Numthong Gallery, Bangkok
2004: The Director’s Chair II, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2003: Ink From Wood – Two Traditions, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Connecticut, USA
2003: If I could go anywhere… – Alistair Salvesen scholarship exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2002: Traces, RK Burt Gallery, London
2002: Second Edition, Meffan Gallery, Scotland
2002: Aberdeen Artists 68, Aberdeen Art Gallery
2001: Opening Exhibition of International Artists (Slovenia, Austria, Japan, Italy, USA, Scotland), Gallery Vallmer, Ljubjana, Slovenia
2000: Connections 2000, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2000: Printmakers Present, Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries.
1999: Samazama Tama Printmaking Exhibition (Korea, Japan, England, Scotland, India), Korean Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
1999: Taipei International Print and Drawing Triennale, Taiwan
1998: Japan Print Association Annual Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art
1998: The 3rd Malaysia Annual Exhibition of International Contemporary Prints, Central Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1998: Pennsylvania Dialogues – an exhibition featuring Scottish and American artists, Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr/Tolbooth, Kirkcudbright/QE College, Darlington
1998: Aomori Print Grand Prix Competition Exhibition, Aomori Museum of Art, Japan
1998: Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial 98, Tama Art Museum, Japan
1998: Triangle: Three British Artists in Japan, affiliated with Festival UK98, CASA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1998: Royal Scottish Society of Painters and Watercolours Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
1998: Ten Years On – the Alastair Salvesen Art Scholarship Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1997: Vision of the Future – the 3rd Capping Exhibition, Pusan Cultural Centre, Korea
1997: First International Mini-Print Biennial, National Art Museum, Cluj, Romania
1996: Scottish Print Open, Glasgow Print Studio and touring
1995: Gathering, Scottish Printmakers, Gallerie Beeldspraak, Amsterdam
1992: Spectator Adam & Company 5th Annual Award of Professional Young Artists, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and Barbican Centre, London
1991: Prints from the Peacock, Gulausy Gallery, Budapest
1991: Made in Japan, Aberdeen City Art Gallery, affiliated with Japan Festival
1990: The Compass Contribution – 21 Years of Contemporary Art, Tramway, Glasgow
1988: Open Exhibition, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
1988: Figure, Form and Fantasy – New Scottish Art, Todd Gallery, London