Traditional Japanese woodblock print exhibition opens

A fusion of traditional Japanese print making techniques with a distinctly western approach to image making, creates a nature inspired collection at a Midlands Gallery.

The Jo McChesney selling exhibition will be displayed at the Granary Art Gallery, Weston Park, on the Staffordshire Shropshire border throughout November.

The printmaker studied the woodblock craft in Japan following a successful career as a textile designer, illustrator and lecturer. Her work focuses on the natural world drawing attention to the ordinary, unnoticed fleeting moments in time.

The images, printed upon handmade paper, feature highly atmospheric weather changes in woodland, with ethereal layers of detail. The prints reveal the looming shapes through the mist to the contrasting illuminated trees in the early sun through to the movement of water in the rain.

Gareth Williams, Curator to the Weston Park Foundation, said: “Jo’s work will make a striking impact in the Gallery. It will demonstrate not only the technical excellence of woodblock prints, but will also focus the eye on the minutiae of nature in its many forms.”

Entry to all of the Granary Art Gallery’s exhibitions are free. The stately homes gallery is located in a spacious restored Granary building and features a changing programme of traditional, contemporary and historical decorative and fine art displays.

The Jo McChesney selling exhibition at Weston Park’s Granary Art Gallery will run throughout November from 11am – 4pm. For further information please visit: