Daryl Howard’s Private Collection

Over her decades of study and mastery of Japanese woodblock printing, Daryl Howard has not only been a prolific producer of amazing works, but has also amassed a large private collection that tells a story about the art form and its diverse practitioners. Howard’s private collection includes pieces she has purchased as well as prints she has been gifted out of Claude Holeman’s collection, several of which came from Dr. Richard Lane. The breadth of the collection shows not only a progression over time of style and technique, but also demonstrates a uniformity in adherence to a time-honored practice. The juxtaposition between Howard’s work and her private collection serves as a rare opportunity to learn about the unique style and technique throughout the ages, and to gain intimacy with some of its greatest masters. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the inspiration for Daryl’s life work as a contemporary printmaker.

Images of the moon in its many phases provide a common backdrop for the characters in Yoshitoshi’s One Hundred Aspects of the Moon series. The power of the moon is a common theme explored in Howard’s work through the decades.

TSUKIOKA YOSHITOSHI: MOON AT SKUJAKU GATE
1886
9” x 14” – Oban
Publisher: Tsujiokaya Bunsuke

PROVENANCE
Yoshitoshi print given to Daryl Howard by Claude Holeman. Claude Holeman has the print noted at #205 from his collection.

DARYL HOWARD: EVEN THE FULL MOON LISTENS TO FALLING WATER
2019
10” x 13” – Oban

This Shunsho print shows the collaboration between woodblock print artist and poet. Howard has created prints honoring this tradition using her own poetry, as well as collaborating with poet, James McGrath.

KATSUKAWA SHUNSHO : ONE HUNDRED POEMS BY ONE HUNDRED POETS
1775
Poet : Izumi Shikibu
6’ x 9” – Koban

PROVENANCE
Late 18th Century Shunsho print given to Daryl Howard by Claude Holeman. Claude Holeman has the print noted at #333 from his collection and aquired from Dr. Richard Lane in 1968.

DARYL HOWARD : HELD NOW BY THE LIGHT OF DAY
2010
Poet : Daryl Howard
14” x 14”

Howard trained with the artist Hodaka Yoshida in his studio in Mitaka, Japan in 1974. Yoshida’s print, Miroku-Bosatsu (The Future Buddha) is embellished with silver mica. Howard’s rendition of Buddha is embellished with copper leafing and her print was inspired by the Buddha statue in her bamboo garden.

HODAKA YOSHIDA: MIROKU-BOSATSU (THE FUTURE BUDDHA)
1954
10.75” x 16”

PROVENANCE
Personal purchase from Ronin Gallery, New York

DARYL HOWARD: IN STILLNESS I PAUSE WITH YOU
2015
20” x 20”

The term Aizuri-e refers to Japanese woodblock prints that are printed predominantly in blue inks. This Kawase Hasui print is a stunning example of one of his Aizuri-e works. Bridges are a recurring theme throughout Japanese woodblock prints and Howard’s work. This particular Howard print incorporates both bridges and the varying depths of blues that she is drawn to in Aizuri-e prints.

KAWASE HASUI: EVENING SNOW AT EDOGAWA (KURE NO YUKI)
1932
10.75” x 16” – Large Oban
Publisher: Doi Sadakazu

PROVENANCE
Given to Daryl Howard by Claude Holeman. Claude Holeman has the print noted as #379 from his collection.

DARYL HOWARD: FOR ALL THE BRIDGES I HAVE DARED TO CROSS
2003
20” x 20”

Howard’s first introduction to Fujio Yoshida was when she took tea with her in Hodaka’s Yoshida studio in 1974. Admiring Fujio’s work for years, she set a goal to create a piece honoring Fujio’s thought process and dedication to the art form. Fujio’s Yellow Canna has twelve blocks with most colors overprinted to create the rich, intimate nature of this image. Where I Never Feel Alone, is a twelve block print and is Howard’s vision of an Indian paintbrush through Fujio’s eye.

FUJIO YOSHIDA: YELLOW CANNA
1954
9” x 14” Oban

PROVENANCE
Personal purchase from Ronin Gallery, New York

DARYL HOWARD: WHERE I NEVER FEEL ALONE
2016
9” x 14” Oban