Suezan Aikins



Exploring the Japanese Woodblock Technique

Suezan Aikins is a printmaker, painter, sculptor and Japanese short-form poet, Born in Montreal in 1952, she attended the Fine Arts programme at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, The Ontario College of Art , L' École du Musee des Beaux Arts, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design –BFA, as well as an intensive year of study with Toshi Yoshida in Tokyo. She resides in Nova Scotia with her husband Sam Rogers. While Suezan does the designing and carving, Sam manages the printing. She has found the medium ideal for pursuing her interest in creating the atmospheric depths of light and space in nature. For twenty-five years, Suezan has spent more and more time on each woodblock. It takes her most of a year to design, carve, and then proof the print with husband and printer, Sam Rogers. It's a lengthy process for Sam who prints up to 40 layers of color, from 10 or more carved blocks, onto each print in the edition.

She has exhibited extensively in both public and private galleries throughout North America , Japan and Europe . Recent solo exhibitions included a 25 year retrospective that toured three public galleries in Germany , exhibitions in Tokyo , Osaka , Okinawa , and Boston with group exhibitions at the Wenniger Gallery, Boston , Royal Canadian Academy in Toronto and the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa .

Her paintings and woodblock prints are found in many public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, The Nickel Art Museum, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Royal Bank of Canada , Prince Takamanonamiya Norihito, the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo , The Thomas Moore Institute as well as private collections.

Suezan Aikins list of awards and honours is extensive, including being awarded the Pauline Manning Award for Excellence in 1980, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant in 1983, the Nova Scotia Department of Culture - Development Grants in 1980, 1987 and 1988. She was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 1990 and received the Canadian Progress Club- Women of Excellence Award for Culture in 1993. Her work has been featured in a number of television documentaries as well as many Canadian magazines.