Time Present and Time Past is the first publication in English to treat in detail the life and work of Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), who today is considered one of the last Ukiyo-e masters. Kunichika's designs were drawn from established Ukiyo-e genres like Kabuki actor prints (
yakusha-e) and prints of beautiful women (
bijinga), he was however a man of his time and this is reflected in his modern use of colour, composition and subjects. The book includes reproductions of 135 of Kunichika's prints, an extensive bibliography and an overview of signatures and carvers seals.
Amy Reigle Newland has worked as a specialist editor and writer on Japanese woodblock prints for some fifteen years, with a particular interest in works of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In either and editorial and/or authorial role, her publications include
Japanese Erotic Fantasies: Sexual Imagery of the Edo Period (2005),
Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection (2004),
A Courtesan’s Day: Hour by Hour (2004),
The Commercial and Cultural Climate of Japanese Printmaking (2004),
Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints (2003),
Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945 (2001),
Time Present and Time Past: Images of a Forgotten Master – Toyohara Kunichika 1835-1900 (1999),
Heroes & Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 (1998), and
The New Wave: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection (1993).
The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints (2005) is her most ambitious project to date, one which was coordinated from her home in rural New Zealand where she lives with her husband, son and flock of sheep.