François Pache

"Artist passionate about Japan"

I am François Pache, aka Japanese Linocut, a linocut artist based in France.

I have always been attracted to drawing, art and Japan. As a child, I used to draw for hours and look at Japanese illustrations and prints in books. I also started learning Japanese at the age of 7 as a self-taught student. A language that I now practice daily with as much pleasure as ever. The creation and the manual craft being my motivations at the time, I thus made my studies in a school of art where I learned during 6 years to use the various tools and supports and to control a multitude of techniques.

I had already had the opportunity to briefly do linocuts during my studies but it is only much later that I became interested in this technique again. I thought I could express my creativity and share my love for Japan at the same time. I enjoy every step of the traditional linocut process.

Francois Pache - linocut artist
Francois Pache - linocut artist
Francois Pache linocut artist in his workshop
Francois Pache linocut artist in his workshop

From sketching to carving to printing, each step is fascinating and requires meticulousness, calm and concentration. It reminds me once again of the Japanese craftsmanship that I particularly like. You have to feel the material, analyze the textures, listen to the sound of the ink to obtain the desired result. Despite this, each print has its own peculiarities and imperfections that make it unique. That’s what I like about it too, each print has its own story.

It is thus quite naturally that I created with my wife, where I sell my creations in limited edition and on request. My inspirations are obvious and come from my travels in Japan. When I am on site, I try to soak up the atmosphere of the places I visit, and try to reproduce them in linocuts. These creations full of experience have a lot of meanings for me and bring back emotions and sensations that I was nourished by when I was in Japan. Over the years, we have built strong ties with this country and our Japanese friends. We have had many rewarding experiences such as being a host family for Japanese students for a few years. More great opportunities to learn more about this culture that we are so passionate about.

My wife Sophie and I share the same love and passion for this magnificent country that is Japan and we also own a website on Japanese cuisine that we particularly like.

Sophie Pache

"Like François, I have always been attracted to art and Japan."

We met during our studies in art school where I could also learn and master different drawing techniques that I will use on specific creations. During this creative period, we nurtured our project to travel to Japan and cultivated our love for this beautiful country. Being both students of art history as well, we took the opportunity to deepen our knowledge and broaden our influences. We are passionate about Japanese culture as a whole and are particularly interested in landscapes, Japanese art, architecture, textiles and tattoos…

After launching and a few years ago and seeing how much people love the site, we wanted to share something more personal through our creations, so we decided to create Japanese Linocut together.

My role is to accompany François in his approach and his creativity. I will also be there to carefully pack each of her creations and to accompany you in your order and keep you informed of their evolution.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any other request such as a partnership, an estimate or a specific realization.

Sophie Pache - graphic artist
Sophie Pache - graphic artist
Packaging of linocuts
Packaging of linocuts
Linocut workshop

Our linocut workshop

Japanese Linocut Workshop
Our linocut workshop
Japanese Linocut Workshop
Gouges and linocut tools
Japanese Linocut Workshop
Drying of linocuts


  • 04/04/2023 to 06/30/2023: Exhibition at the Consular Office of Japan in Lyon (France)
  • 04/04/2023 to 06/17/2023: Exhibition at Espace Lyon Japon (France)
  • 04/30/2023 : Exhibition at the Journée des Cultures d’Asie in Lyon (France)
  • From 06/2023 to 08/21/2023: Exhibition at the Kamon Shoten Japanese bookshop and café in Lyon (France)
  • From 06/30/2023 to 09/09/2023: Exhibition at the Tsukimi manga bookshop and café in Lyon (France)
  • From 04/07/2023 to 30/09/2023: Exhibition at the Akinomé bookshop, tea house and publishing house in Paris (France)
  • From 14/09 to 07/10/2023: Jury selection for an exhibition-sale at Comptoir d’alinea to represent French craftsmanship in Montpellier (France)

Coming soon:

  • October 7 to November 12, 2023: Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition, Tokushima (Japan)
  • January 18-21, 2024: Jury selection for exhibition at the Salon d’Automne at La Grande Halle de La Villette, printmaking section, Paris (France)

Linocut workshop on Japan

  • 20/06/2023: 2pm to 6pm: Japan linocut workshop at Kamon Shoten in Lyon (France)
  • 03/09/2023: 10am to 1pm: Japanese linocut workshop at Tsukimi in Lyon (France)



Contact us for more

Japanese Linocut

163, chemin de Rollion
01800 Saint Jean de Niost
Ain (01), France

Linogravure originale d’un Torii mystérieux à Kanazawa