SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar helps to secure AHRC grant worth nearly £1 million to study Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai

9 February 2016

Together with colleagues at the British Museum, Dr Angus Lockyer, Lecturer in the Department of History at SOAS University of London, has been awarded a major research grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The grant, worth nearly £930,000 in total, is for a project on the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai entitled ‘Late Hokusai: Thought, Technique, Society’ (1760-1849).

The project will focus on Hokusai’s last three decades. The team will explore the ways in which Hokusai’s art was animated by his thought and enabled by his social networks, as well as analysing the technical synthesis and distinguishing characteristics of his mature style.

Dr Lockyer said: “Hokusai captivated the Japanese public in his lifetime, quickly caught the eye of Euro-American artists, and has continued to fascinate a global audience ever since. His Great Wave (c. 1831) is now likely the most reproduced image in the world.”

The project will be led by Timothy Clark at the British Museum and will proceed in conjunction with a major exhibition in summer 2017, which will then travel to Osaka. In addition to publications the team will also be collaborating with international partners to create an online resource for the study of Hokusai, exploiting the potential of the Semantic Web.

The project will run from April 2016 to March 2019.