Tangled up in blue

East meets west in a new Book Club show of work by Ellie Foreman-Peck, whose gorgeous prints are inspired by Japanese Azuri-E images.

Azuri-E
Azuri-E

Azuri-E literally translates as ‘blue printed picture’, and is used to denote the distinctive Japanese blue-toned prints and woodcuts.

Azuri-E
Azuri-E

University of the West of England graduate Foreman-Peck uses this style as a base for her explorations of the female form, creating images that loosely mimic late 19th century advertising posters.

There’s also a nod to Lichtenstein -esuqe pop-art shading, with the blocking of dots and stark, bold outlines:

Azuri-E
Azuri-E

Forenan-Peck’s fascination with the Azuri-E look stems in part from the Japanese prints’ influence on 19th century artists such as Toulouse Lautrec and Aubrey Beardsley; as well as on the advertising of the era.

Azuri-E
Azuri-E

The artist is now based in Dalston, creating patterns, portraits and collage, as well as prints. She has worked with clients including Creative Review, Wired magazine, The Guardian and CBBC.

Azuri-E
Azuri-E

Azuri-E by Ellie Foreman-Peck runs from 24 July – 7 September at The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH

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