1962 M.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA Special Student, Royal College of Art, London, England 1960 B.F.A., Kyoto Academy of Fine Arts, Kyoto, Japan
The distinguished woodcut print artist Naoko Matsubara was born on Shikoku Island into an old Shinto family, and grew up in Kyoto, where her father was a senior priest. She was educated at the Kyoto Academy of Fine Art (BFA, 1960); and was a Fulbright Scholar at what is now Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (MFA, 1962). She was also a Special Invited Student at the Royal College of Art in London (1962).
After travelling extensively in Europe and Asia, Naoko Matsubara returned to Japan for two years, before being lured back to the United States. There she worked as personal assistant to the late Prof. Fritz Eichenberg, and also taught at the Pratt Institute of Graphic Art in New York, as well as at the University of Rhode Island. Subsequently she lived in Cambridge, Mass.
In 1972 Naoko Matsubara moved to Canada, and now lives in Oakville, Ontario. She has continued to be extremely active as an artist: locally, nationally and internationally. Since 1960 she has had some 75 solo exhibitions, in the USA, Canada, Japan, England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland and Mexico. She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions.
Public collections owning work by Naoko Matsubara include: Albertina, Vienna; Art Institute of Chicago; British Museum; Carnegie Institute; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Cincinnati Art Museum; Detroit Institute of Art; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Haifa Museum, Israel; Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art; Royal Ontario Museum; The White House, Washington DC; Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art; Yale University Art Gallery.
Naoko Matsubara has published some 20 books and portfolios of her work, including most recently Tibetan Sky (Calgary: Bayeux Arts Publishers, 1997; Preface by the Dalai Lama); Tokonoma (Bath, England: Old School Press, 1999); and Konjaku monogatari (Tokyo: ALIS, 2002). Her work also includes a large mural and donor pillar for the new YMCA building in Oakville, Ontario (2003); mixed-media screens; and paintings. In 2005, the Royal Ontario Museum commissioned two large works from Naoko Matsubara for the Museum’s Bloor Street window case. The artist generously donated a third work, Emerald Summer (2006). The three works (each 195 cm. high by 95 cm. wide) will be rotated at regular intervals into the outside window. This is the first commissioned artwork to be displayed on the Museum’s Bloor Street Plaza. She also recently completed commissions for Chatham University in Pittsburgh and the City of St. Catharines, Ontario.
Recent major exhibitions have been in Tokyo, Kyoto, Indiana, and Toronto (Royal Ontario Museum). Further exhibitions are currently being planned in Seattle and Tokyo; new books in process include In Praise of Hands. She also continues to travel widely; is frequently invited to speak about her work; and also publishes essays, in both English and Japanese.
Naoko Matsubara’s work has been the subject of countless articles and reviews; documentary films (including two from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation); and several book-length publications: notably Mokuhan: The Woodcuts of Munakata and Matsubara (text by Joan Stanley-Baker; Victoria, BC: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1976); Naoko Matsubara: Development of Artistic Style and Technique (text by Barbara Woodworth; MFA thesis, Harvard University, 1985);.and Tree Spirit. The Woodcuts of Naoko Matsubara (text by Arlene Gehmacher, Klaas Ruitenbeek and John M. Rosenfield; Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 2003).
In May 2009, Ms. Matsubara received an honourary doctorate in Fine Arts from Chatham University in Pittsburgh.
2017 Featured artist, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
2016 Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin, Germany
2015 ‘Dancing with Wood 50 Years of Woodcuts by Naoko Matsubara’, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
2012 “Odori”, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON 2009 “Matsubara: A Celebration in Pittsburgh”, A retrospective exhibition, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA “Illuminations”, Chatham University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 2008 World Washi Summit, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON 2007 The Prince Takamodo Gallery, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan Galerie Gillygooly, North Hatley, QC 2005 “In Praise of Trees”, Winchester Galleries, Vancouver, British Columbia The Project Room, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario David Mirvish Art Books, Toronto, ON Azuma Gallery, Seattle, Washington, USA (Sponsored by the Seattle Art Museum) 2004 “Woodcuts of Naoko Matsubara”, The Carlen Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario Gallery Tsutsui, Tokyo, Japan 2003 “Tree Spirit”, The Woodcuts of Naoko Matsubara, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto The Tolman Collection, Tokyo, Japan Original Woodcuts from new publication, “The Tales of Days Gone By.” Gallery Yugen, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan 2001 “Prints, Poetry & Play”, fundraiser for the Oakville YMCA, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario 1999 “Naoko Matsubara: New Prints”, Exhibition at Yamasou Bijutsu, Kyoto, sponsored by Gallery Tsutsui, Tokyo. 1997 Dofasco Gallery, Dundas, Ontario “Tibetan Sky”, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario 1995 Casa de la Cultura Oaxaquena, Oaxaca, Mexico Davidson Galleries, Seattle WA, USA 1993 Blackwood Gallery, The University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario 1992 Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Ireland Swansea Arts Workshop Gallery, Swansea, South Wales 1991 The Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, England Foyer Gallery, University of Ulster, Ulster, Northern Ireland Antrim Forum, Antrim, Ireland Graphic Workshop Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 1990 Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto, Toronto The Art Gallery at the Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, Ont., Canada Annex Gallery, Toronto, Ont., Canada 1989-92 Gallery Tsutsui, Tokyo, Japan 1989 The McGill Gallery, Toronto, Ont., Canada 1987 The City Hall Gallery, Naha, Okinawa, Japan Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo, Japan 1986 Philadelphia Print Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Art Front Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland 1982 Capen Gallery, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA 1981 Wako, Tokyo, Japan 1980 Embassy of Japan, Ottawa, Ont., Canada 1979 Art Gallery of Hamilton, (retrospective show), Hamilton, Ont., Canada Gallery Moos, Toronto, Ont., Canada Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA 1978 Barbara Fiedler Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA 1978,80,84,86 The Tolmann Collection, Tokyo, Japan 1978,9 Gallery Brand, Oakville, Ont., Canada 1977 Suzuki Graphics Gallery, New York, NY, USA 1976,77 ‘Mokuhan’ travelling show: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC University of British Columbia, BC Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Man. Glenbow Art Gallery, Calgary, Alta. 1975,87 Gairloch Art Gallery, Oakville, Ont., Canada 1975 Gallery Graphics, Ottawa, Ont., Canada 1974 Hart House Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont., Canada 1971 Providence Athenaeum, Providence, Rhode Island, USA 1970,71 American Cultural Centres: Kyoto, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Japan 1970 Galerie Colibri, Puerto Rico, USA Wiggin Gallery, Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass.,USA Ichibankan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 1969,71,74,77 Art/Asia, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 1969 Haus Dornsbusch, Frankfurt, Germany Atelier Incontro, Vienna, Austria 1968 Pforzheim Museum, Pforzheim, Germany 1967,74 The Campus Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA 1966 Wilburt Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA 1965 Galerie Viruly, Amsterdam, Holland 1962,80 Hewlett Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 ‘Visual Poetry’, Tom Hammick, Donna Ibing and Naoko Matsubara, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, ON
2012 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON International exhibition of woodcuts, Romania 2008 World Washi Summit, The Japanese Paper Place, Toronto, ON Exhibition of self-portraits, Royal Canadian Academy members, Toronto, ON 2007 ‘Jazz on the Walls’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON ‘The Oakville Show’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON ‘Flowers that Last’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON ‘White’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON New York – Praha, Amerika Grafica of SAGA, Galerie HOLLAR, Praha, Czech Republic ‘On the Cutting Edge’, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA Modern Japanese prints 1868-1989, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 2006 Print Show, Art Exchange, London, ON “The Power of Two,” The Japanese Paper Place, Toronto; Maclaren Art Centre, Oshawa, ON 2005 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON “Made in Japan: The Postwar Creative Print Movement”, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, USA 2004 “Honoring Tradition, Perspectives of Three Asian American Artists: Indira Johnson, Naoko Matsubara and Komelia Okim” Ball State University Museum of Art, Muncie, IN, USA Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON 2003 “10th Anniversary Exhibition”, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON ‘Water’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakille, Ontario. An exhibition in conjunction with The Water Project initiated by The Ontario Society of Artists 2000 “Paperworks”, Invitational Group Paperworks Exhibition, Burlington Cultural Centre, Burligton, Ontario 1999 “Through the Medium of Wood”, woodcuts by Matsubara, wooden sculpture by Sandy Van Ginkel, the Japan Foundation, Toronto, Ontario “ Seven Contemporary Japanese Women Print Artists”, sponsored by CWAJ (American Club Gallery), Tokyo 1998 “les Femmeuses ’98.” Pratt and Whitney Canada, Québec “Earth” (RCA Members). John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON 1995 ‘Tradition Made Modern’, Princeton University Library Gallery, Princeton, NJ, USA Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, USA 1994 ‘Japan Now: Three Women Printmakers’ (Toko Shinoda, Reika Iwami & Naoko Matsubara), Charlotte NC, USA ‘Celebrating Ontario’, The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Art Collection, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ont ‘Modern Japanese Prints 1912-1989’, British Museum, London, England 1993 ‘Trees’ (Matsubara and Sunderland) (travelling exhibition): Bishop’s University, Artist’s Centre, Lennoxville, Que Stewart Art Centre, Pt. Claire, Que ‘Canadian Historical Prints’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ont 1992 ‘Three Women Artists’ (dePedery Hunt, Kirwin, Matsubara), John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ont ‘Works from the Permanent Collection’, Meguro Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 1990 ‘Contemporary Japanese Prints’ (Matsubara and Fudezuka), The Art Gallery, at The Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, Ont. 1990 Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati OH, USA 1989 ‘Modern Japanese Prints’, Portland Museum of Art, Portland OR, USA 1987 ‘Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Exhibition’, Academy House, Toronto, Ont. 1983 Seoul International Print Biennale, Seoul, Korea ‘Japanese Prints since 1900’, British Museum, London England 1980 ‘4 Artists in Wood’, City of Brampton Library and Art Gallery, Brampton, Ont. 1978 ‘The Japanese Prints’ from The James Austin Collection, Carnegie Institute of Art, Pittsburgh PA, USA 1977-78 ‘The Japanese Canadian Centennial Art Exhibition in Ontario’ (travelling exhibition) The Macdonald Gallery, Toronto, Ont. S.A.W. Gallery, Ottawa, Ont. Algoma Art Gallery, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery, Waterloo, Ont. Lindsay Gallery, Lindsay, Ont. Thames Gallery, Chatham, Ont. 1977 ‘Moderne Japanische Grafik’, Stadtischen Museum, Gottingen, West Germany 1976-77 ‘MOKUHAN, Woodcuts of Munakata & Matsubara’ (travelling exhibition): Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Man Glenbow Art Gallery, Calgary, Alta 1976 ‘Imprint ‘76’, The Print and Drawing Council of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, Ont. 1976 ‘Contemporary Relief Prints’ (9 artists), Hiestand Gallery, Miami University, Oxford OH, USA 1975 ‘Inaugural Exhibition’ Grey Art Museum, New York University, New York, NY, USA 1975 ‘Graphic Images of Japan’ from The Tolman Collection, The Asia Foundation, San Francisco Ca, USA 1973 ‘Japanese Artists in Americas’, The National Museums of Modern Art, Tokyo & Kyoto, Japan 1972 Exposicao de Cinco Gravadores Contemporaneos Americanos, Galeria Conizares, Brazil 1971 ‘Three Generations’ (Un’ichi Hiratsuka, Shiko Munakata, Naoko Matsubara), Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati OH, USA 1970 ‘Three Contemporary Printmakers’ (Omar Rayo, George Nama, Naoko Matsubara), The Michael Berger Gallery, Pittsburgh PA, USA 1969 ‘Exposition Internationale de Gravure sur Bois XYLON’, Musee D’Art et D’Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland, & Kongresshalle Berlin, West Germany 1967-95 Society of American Graphic Artists Annual Shows, New York, NY, USA 1966 ‘Japanese Twentieth Century Prints’, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA,USA 1963-68,70, 74,75,85, College Women’s Association of Japan, Annual Show, Tokyo, Japan 1963 The Hangainten, Toyko, Japan
2008 “In Praise of Hands” (In course of publication) 2007 “A Crystal Clear Woodcut Collage” (Peter Goddard), The Toronto Star, Toronto ON “Living in Canada for 35 years, Recent Works by Matsubara at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo” (Norio Iromoto), The Nikka Times, Toronto, ON 2006 ‘Deep Groove’, enRoute Magazine, February 2006 2005 “Artscene. The Art of Naoko Matsubara” (by Mandi Hargrave). The Oakville Beaver, Oakville, ON. “Nihon gendai hanga-ten ni manekarete… sup?su no omoshirosa, tanoshisa, k?sai no utsukushisa ni ky?tan – Miruu?k? Bijutsukan.” The Nikka Times (Toronto). 2004 “Three Asian Artists. A View from the East” (by Erin Moody). 72 Hours. Ball State University “Munakata and Matsubara: An Artist’s Memoir.” Impressions. The Journal of the Ukiyo-e Society of America, Inc. (New York), No. 26. pp. 89 – 93. “A Tribute to John Rosenfield from an Artist”. Orientations (Hong Kong), Vol. 35, No. 1 (January/ Februar), pp. 70 – 71. 2003 “Tales of Days Gone By”, Woodcuts by Naoko Matsubara, English translation by Charles de Wolf, of selected tales of early Japanese folklore. 2002 “The Tales of Days Gone By.” Tokyo: Alis. 2000 “Oakville Woodcuts” a series of scenes and impressions of Oakville. “In Praise of Hands”, a book of 22 original woodcuts of the hands series executed between 1974 and 1998, to be published by Mosaic Press. “ Konjakumonogatari”, 11th Century Japanese Folktales, 18 original woodcuts accompanied by Japanese and English text, Alis Publishers, Tokyo. 1999 “Tokonoma”, Limited Edition Portfolio of 20 original colour woodcuts accompanied by 20 verses by poet James Kirkup, The Old School Press, Bath, U.K. 1997 ‘Tibetan Sky’, (text by David Waterhouse & Pratapaditya Pal; forward by the Dalai Lama). Calgary, Alta:Bayeux Arts Inc. ‘In Praise of Hands’, (In course of publication.) ‘Konjaku monogalari’, ALIS, Tokyo. (In course of publication.) 1986 ‘In Praise of Trees’, (text edited by Peter Heyworth) (Limited edition portfolio.) Oakville, Ont: Mosaic Press. 1985 ‘In-Whan and the Peachtree’, (text by Caroline Garrett). (Limited edition, signed.) Columbus OH: Logan Press, Ohio State University 1984 ‘In Praise of Trees’, (text edited by Peter Heyworth). Oakville, Ont: Mosaic Press. 1978 ‘Kyoto Woodcuts’, (text by Bunso Jugaku). Tokyo: Kodansha International Ltd 1971 ‘Solitude’, (text from Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. (Portfolio of twelve original woodcuts.) New York: Aquarius Press ‘Insect Summer’, (text by James Kirkup). New York: Alfred A Knopf. 1970 ‘Boston Impressions’, (text by Sinclair Hitchings). Barre, Ma: Barre publishers 1968 ‘Nantucket Woodcuts’, (text by Fritz Eichenberg). Barre, MA: Barre Publishers ‘Die Geschichte von Bambussammler und dem Madchen Kaguya’, (German translation by Hisako Matsubara). Munchen: Verlag Langewiesche-Brandt. 1967 Award, Annual Exhibition, Society of American Graphic Artists (invited member) 1966 ‘The Tale of the Shining Princess’, (text by Hisako Matsubara). Tokyo: Kodansh International Ltd. 1964 ‘Tu Tze-Chun’, (text by Akutagawa Ryunosuke; English translation by Dorothy Britton). Tokyo: Kodansha International Ltd. 1963 ‘My Woodcuts and Myself’, Texas Quarterly (Austin: University of Texas Press).
Albertina, Vienna American Club, Tokyo, Japan Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC Art Gallery of Hamilton, ON Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass., USA British Museum, London, England Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, USA Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Columbia University, New York, NY, USA Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, USA DeYoung Memorial Museum, San Francisco, California, USA Embassy of Canada, Tokyo, Japan Embassy of Japan, Ottawa, Ont., Canada Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge MA Gairloch Art Gallery, Oakville, Ont., Canada Haifa Museum, Haifa, Israel Hamburg Museum of Arts and Crafts, Hamburg, Germany Klingspor Museum, Klingspor, Germany Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.,USA McDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ont., Canada McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont., Canada Meguro Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Toronto Library, Toronto, Ont., Canada Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass., USA National Library of Canada, Ottawa, Ont., Canada New York Public Library, New York, NY, USA New York University, New York NY Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA Pforzheim Museum, Pforzheim, Germany Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ, USA Public Works and Government Services Canada Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Il. The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC The White House, Washington, D.C.,USA Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA Yale University Art Gallery
2011 ‘Aquatic Movement’, commissioned for the Kiwanis Aquatics Centre by the city of St. Catharines, Ontario 2010 Distinguished Career Award, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009 Honourary Doctorate, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2008 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award, commissioned by Abbozzo Gallery and WAVE 94.7 Smooth Jazz radio, Hamilton, Ontario 2007 Three large panels commissioned by the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, for long-term display in the Bloor Street window of the new Asian Galleries Canadian Smooth Jazz Award, commissioned by Abbozzo Gallery and WAVE 94.7 Smooth Jazz radio, Hamilton, Ontario 2006 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award, commissioned by Abbozzo Gallery and WAVE 94.7 Smooth Jazz radio, Hamilton, Ontario 2005 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award, commissioned by Abbozzo Gallery and WAVE 94.7 Smooth Jazz radio, Hamilton, Ontario 2004 Sponsorship Award for the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville, ON ‘Lakeside Icicles’, Community Spirit Award, Town of Oakville, ON 2002 Mural Commission, lobby, new YMCA, Oakville, ON 2001 Donor Recognition Wall, commissioned by the Oakville Y.M.C.A. 1993 ‘Christmas Kite’, woodcut Christmas Card commissioned by Abbozzo Gallery 1990 Tree Spirit, 30 minute documentary video, produced by CBC TV 1983 30 minute Documentary, New Jersey Educational Television 1982 Ontario Arts Council Grant 1981 Elected Member, Royal Canadian Academy of Art. 1976 Canada Council grant for travelling exhibition and publication of catalogue 1970 30 minute Documentary Film by Boston Educational TV Station 1967 Award, Annual Exhibition, Society of American Graphic Artists (invited member) Commission by UNESCO for the Geneva Peace Conference Graphic Show, Switzerland 1964 30 minute Documentary Film, CBC TV (in Kyoto, Japan) 1963 Kegon Awards, Nihon Hangainten, Tokyo 1962 Invited Special Student, Royal College of Art, London, England 1961-62 Graduate Assistantship, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 1961-63 Fulbright Travel Grant, USA 1960 Mural Commission: Cafeteria, Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan