Tetsuya Noda

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Tetsuya Noda
Native name 野田 哲也
Born (1940-03-05)5 March 1940
Uki, Kumamoto, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Block print artist, Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University of the Arts
Awards International Grand Prize at 1968 6th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo,[1] Grand Prize at 1977 Biennial of Graphic Art Ljubliana[2]

Tetsuya Noda(野田 哲也) (born 5 March 1940) is a contemporary artist and printmaker.[3] He is a professor emeritus of the Tokyo University of the Arts.[4] Noda specializes in artwork done as a series of woodblock, print, and silkscreened diary entries that capture moments in daily life. Noda is the nephew of Hideo Noda an oil painter and muralist.[5]

Early life, family and education[edit]

Noda was born in the Uki, Kumamoto Prefecture, on 5 March 1940. From 1959 to 1963, he studied painting and fine arts at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.[6] Noda was a student of Tadashige Ono in the art of woodblock printmaking.

In June 1971, Noda married Dorit Bartur, daughter of the Israeli ambassador to Japan.[7]


Before 1980[edit]

At the age of 28, Noda won the International Grand Prize at the Tokyo International Print Biennale for diptych Dairy: August 22, 196 and Diary: September 11, 1968.[8] In 1976, Noda was a judge at the 5th British International Biennial of Print in England. From 1978, Noda taught at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1978, Noda was a guest artist at the University of Alberta.


  • Noda became a professor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1991.
  • Noda was an International judge at the Seoul International Biennial of Print in 1996.
  • Noda taught as a guest artist at University of Canberra Arts and Design in 1990 and at Columbia University in the City of New York in 1998.


  • On March 31, 2007, Noda resigned his post as a professor of Printmaking at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.[9]
  • Noda was an International judge at the 2nd Guanlan International Print Biennial in China 2009.
  • Noda became Professor Emeritus of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.[4]
  • From December 2010 to January 2011, Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs dispatched Noda to Israel and England for a cultural exchange. Noda taught Japanese woodblock printmaking at London Metropolitan University, England.[10][11][12]

Public collections[edit]

Major exhibitions and awards[edit]


Since 1968, Noda’s works have been inspired by themes of his own life. The motif is a comment on his daily life - his family, people he knows, his children’s growth and scenery along his way. He takes photographs of what he sees and likes, then develops and retouches them with pencil or brushes. His works are done using materials close at hand.[31][32]

When asked about how he found his theme; “Diary as an opportunity”, He replied, “at the university I was not at all satisfied with the assignment of painting nudes, it did not seem the right way to express myself.” His independent thinking and determination were highly rewarded. “I started to use a mimeograph cutting machine for the photo images in addition to the woodblock printmaking techniques.” In 1968, four years after he graduated from the university, he received the International Grand Prize at the 6th Tokyo International Print Biennale; “for the audacious combination of photography with traditional woodblock print.[33]

In the British Museum Magazine, Timothy Clark, the keeper of Japanese section wrote “ In nearly fifty years, Noda has created some 500 further works that continue his mesmerizing ‘Diary’ series, using the unique combination of color woodblock and photo-based silkscreen onto handmade Japanese paper that he has made his own. Personal snapshots are rigorously reworked to become subtle mementos of universal significance: ‘what’s in a life?’ we are constantly prompted to ask.”[34][35]


Noda’s techniques combine woodblock and mimeographed silkscreen printmaking methods based on traditional woodblock print making techniques that use water colors. As in the case of Ukiyo-e, printmaking a key-block is used to define the main image and is printed first, the colors are then applied with color blocks using registration marks. This is possible because the watercolors are transparent. Noda uses the photo-image in the place of the key-block. The mimeographed photo images are applied in the last stage after having printed the colored areas with woodblocks.[33][31]


Daniel Bell talking about the originality of Noda's prints says, "Noda's distinctiveness lies in three things: the remarkably consistent subject matter of his work, the structure and configurations of his compositions, and the novel techniques, consciously derived from Ukiyo-e, as the means of realizing his intentions."[36][37]

The curator in charge of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Robert Flynn Johnson wrote, “it is Tetsuya Noda who stands as the most original, innovative, and thought-provoking Japanese printmaker of his era".[38]

Lawrence Smith, formerly Keeper of Japanese Antiquities at The British Museum wrote, "He is a master in at least four artistic genres , all of them closely related to painting. If considered as a printmaker, no Japanese can remotely equal his range of subject… Noda is unquestionably the greatest Japanese printmaker alive. But if considered as a creator of work very close to painting, one has also to ask what living Japanese could be considered his equal… but in my view not one of them can rival his remarkable range of subjects and emotions".[39]

Steven Co, art collector wrote, "Tetsuya Noda’s Diary Series is a visual map of temporal, personal, experiential, and lyrical moments. Noda strives to preserve memory with the objectivity of his camera, but then disrupts the resulting photograph with the subjectivity of his pencils and brushes before committing the memory to a print. As if to ensure that a memory is engraved into his mind, he would repeatedly retreat to that memory with rigor and vigor by personally pulling each print by hand. The result and effect are quiet and understated accounts of memories revisited, reassessed, and repeatedly asserted through this labor-intensive process. Mr. Noda’s works are as much about the process of making them as the pleasingly introspective and sensitive result of a single work or his whole body of works".[40]


  1. ^ a b [1] 6th Tokyo International Print Biennale
  2. ^ [2] Web magazine "artscape"'s page
  3. ^ Japanese Woodblock Printmaking with Professor Tetsuya Noda. Government of Japan, Embassy of Japan in the UK (event).
  4. ^ a b [3] Geidai, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan (Archive).
  5. ^ Bel, D. Tetsuya Noda: An Appreciation. Media.wix.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g List of Noda's works held. Mie Prefectural Art Museum.
  7. ^ Kenrick, V. Tetsuya Noda. The Japan Times 14 October 2006.
  8. ^ Prints art magazine Hanga Geijutsu Abe Publishing Ltd. 2006, 34. ISBN 978-4-87242-234-4
  9. ^ [4] Tetsuya Noda Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Resign memorial exhinbition "Diary" January 11 to 28, 2007
  10. ^ extension course of London Metropolitan University, London England
  11. ^ [5] Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs's report page
  12. ^ [6] Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs monthly report No.513
  13. ^ a b c [7] The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo's Search
  14. ^ [8] Search result of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
  15. ^ [9] Search result of the collections of Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
  16. ^ [10] Search Result of Tetsuya Noda in the collections of MoMA
  17. ^ [11] Search result of the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago
  18. ^ [12] Search result of the collections in Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  19. ^ [13] Search result of the collections in Brooklyn Museum, New York
  20. ^ [14] Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's Collection search. Use keyword "Tetsuya Noda".
  21. ^ [15] Search result of Tetsuya Noda at Los Angeles County Museum of Art's collection search.
  22. ^ [16] No, I Don’t Eat Meat! A Recent Japanese Print Acquisition by The Jewish Museum
  23. ^ [17] Collection list of British Museum
  24. ^ [18] World Cat "Ikeda Masuo, Arakawa Shusaka, Noda Tetsuya : [brochure] an invitation to Japanese prints of the twentieth century from the Howard and Caroline Porter Collection, Cincinnati Art Museum, Decemter 7, 1975-February 29, 1976."
  25. ^ [19] Chronological report of Japan's Art Yearbook by Independent Administrative Institution National Research Institute of Cultural Properties, Tokyo)
  26. ^ [20] Art in Print Web site "Mokuhanga International"
  27. ^ [21] Tetsuya Noda: Diary / 30 September - 24 December 2006 / Center for Contemporary Graphic Art
  28. ^ [22] Kumamoto prefectural museum of art (room number 3 Western art and modern painting)
  29. ^ [23] Contemporary Japanese prints Noda Tetsuya’s ‘Diary’ series / 5 April – 5 October 2014 / British Museum
  30. ^ [24] Diary of Tetsuya Noda: Steven Co Collection / 26 July - 28 August 2016 / Ayala Museum
  31. ^ a b [25] News issue No.175 of The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, January 1, 1983 written by Nobuharu Kawamoto - search result of CiNii
  32. ^ [26] Summer Vacation special issue of Tetsuya Noda - The museum of modern art, Wakayama
  33. ^ a b Prints art magazine Hanga Geijutsu Abe Publishing Ltd. / Issue 134 (2006) Tadayoshi Nakabayashi "lucked criticism and review" etc. ISBN 978-4-87242-234-4
  34. ^ [27] The British Museum Noda Tetsuya Biographical details
  35. ^ [28] All works of Tetsuya Noda 1964-1978 CiNi book list (ISBN 019520834X Japanese Art - Masterpieces in the British Museum (OXFORD) also has quotation)
  36. ^ Tetsuya Noda: An Appreciation by Daniel Bell - published in Collection of Tetsuya Noda III 1992-2000 published by Fuji TV Gallery
  37. ^ [29] Japanese Art Society of America (ex Ukiyo-e Society of America) UKIYO-E SOCIETY BULLETIN - Winter 2001
  38. ^ [30] Days in a Life : The Art of Tetsuya Noda by Robert Flynn JOHNSON ISBN 978-0-93911-722-2
  39. ^ [31] Tetsuya Noda – Untiring Observer of the Mysteries of Existence by Lawrence Smith, published in Tetsuya Noda The Works 1964 - 2016 ISBN 978-4-87242-430-0
  40. ^ [32] The Diary of Tetsuya Noda - Steven Co Collection ISBN 978-621-8028-03-6

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