The earliest found printmaking so far is The Diamond perfection of Wisdom Sutra produced in Tang Dynasty, in which words were engraved as the inscription -- “On April 15th of the ninth year of Xiantong in Tang Dynasty (868 AD), Wang Jia made it for his parents to pray for the general”. Printmaking, as the most ancient graphic arts, whose history is sculptured by different countries and languages. And in Europe appeared woodblock printings in Middle Ages . The artists would engrave the embossed patterns on the appropriate-texture wooden plate and then trans-print the whole image to the paper with ink. The beauty of printmaking lies in the physical property of its material in that the beauty of production could show in the beginning and the end of creation, whatever the material is wood, stone, metal or composite material. The important connection between the printmaking and human civilization is that it has been always with the invention and development of printing. Printmaking is also a significant communication carrier of culture and science, carrying cultural history and aesthetic judgments of different civilization models.
A print work is supposed to integrate three artistic creations and techniques from artists, painter, and engraver. Sometimes the three are united, but sometimes the cooperation division. This is a special feature of the printmaking process and is also a wonderful combination full of imagination and creation. This international printmaking exhibition at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts brings together works with different artistic ideas and production techniques both inside and outside the field. Their works 18 the deep observations and humanistic care of the art and culture, of social thoughts of printmaking, and of the current “human” life situation while the change of performance mode is the beautiful washback of the homogenization trend of globalization. The enlightenment of this is in the name of engraving, to pay our attention to the social community and the future expectation of each individual.
Prof Liang Guo 2018