Selected Awards, Commissions and Appointments
2009 Honourary Doctorate, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
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, ON
2004-05-06 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award, commissioned by Abbozzo Gallery and WAVE 94.7 Smooth Jazz radio, Hamilton, 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.
1990 Tree Spirit, 30 minute documentary video, produced by CBC TV
1983 30 minute Documentary, New Jersey Educational Television
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
Commission by UNESCO for the Geneva Peace Conference Graphic Show, Switzerland
1964 30 minute Documentary Film, CBC TV (in Kyoto, Japan)
1961-63 Fulbright Travel Grant, USA
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
“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.
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.
“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, UK
1997 ‘Tibetan Sky’, (text by David Waterhouse & Pratapaditya Pal; forward by the Dalai Lama). Calgary, AB
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
Art Gallery of Hamilton, ON
Embassy of Japan, Ottawa, ON
McDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, ON
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Metropolitan Toronto Library, Toronto, ON
National Library of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
The Feckless Collection, Vancouver, BC
American Club, Tokyo, Japan
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
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge MA
Haifa Museum, Haifa, Israel
Hamburg Museum of Arts and Crafts, Hamburg, Germany
Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., USA
Meguro Museum, Tokyo
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass., USA
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
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
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.
Abbozzo Gallery 2017
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
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