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WELCOME TO WOODBLOCKPRINT.COM.AU THE FIRST SITE IN AUSTRALIA DEDICATED TO AUTHENTIC ORIGINAL JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTS FROM THE EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY UNTIL THE PRESENT DAY
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We have both been in the Antique business for 30 years in Australia and Belgium and became interested in Japanese Woodblock Prints in the early 1990s. After viewing all the major collections in the Museums of Bruxelles, Paris and Amsterdam, buying reference books and studying the market in Europe, USA and Japan we began to amass our collection.
We only sell Original Japanese Woodblock Prints not later reproductions from recarved woodblocks. All our woodblocks are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC and we include the details of the artist and their signature as well as censor seals and other authenticated evidence of date in our descriptions.
We Offer a range of Genuine 19th Century (Ukiyo-e), Early 20th Century (Shin-Hanga), Mid 20th Century (Shin- Hanga and Sosaku Hanga) and Contemporary Original Japanese Woodblock Prints.
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THE MAJOR UKIYO-E WOODBLOCK ARTISTS FROM THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
The Artists who produced what are known as Ukiyo-e or Pictures of the Floating World Woodblocks from the Latter Portion of the Edo Period (1603 until 1868) until the Late Taisho Period (1868 until 1925) are among the most desirable and highly sought after of antique Japanese Woodblock Prints as this very important period in the artform was the beginning of an organised publication and censorship system which enabled large numbers of woodblock prints to be created and enjoyed by the bulk of the Japanese population
SOME OF THE ARTISTS
CHIKANOBU, HASHIMOTO lived from 1838 until 1912. He was a student of both Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Kunisada then Later in his Career he Studied under Toyohara Kunichika. His Signatures included a number of “Go” names including Ikkakusai and Yoshu and he created a number of different series in a wide variety of genres both singly and in series. His most famous are those of Beautiful Women and Meiji Era Traditions, Architecture and Lifestyle.
CHIKASHIGE, MORIKAWA was a Pupil of Kunichika. He Produced most of his Work Between 1869 and the mid 1880’s. As can be seen in his Woodblocks he Emulated the Style of his Master but was Able to Include a Touch of his Uniquely Individual Style, Especially in the Facial Expressions of his Subjects which were mostly Kabuki Actors.
HIROSHIGE, ANDOwas born in Edo in 1797 and Died in 1858. When he was 12 Years Old both his Parents Died and Two Years later he Joined the Famous Utagawa Painting School under Toyohiro Utagawa. In 1812 he was given permission to use the Utagawa name in conjunction with his own. Hiroshige created a very large number of landscape prints in a number of different series as well as a wide variety of other scenes and portraits.
KUNICHIKA, TOYOHARAWas Born in Tokyo in 1835 and Lived until 1900. At Thirteen years of Age he Became a Student of Kunisada. He enjoyed a rather Bohemian Lifestyle and Unlike Many Artists of the Time He Worked Exactly to His Own Tastes. During His Eccentric Life he Produced a Spectacular Array of Unique and Original Work Based Mainly on Kabuki Theatre.
KUNISADA, UTAGAWAwas born in the Honjo district of Edo in 1786. He entered the school of Utagawa Toyokuni around 1800 as apprentice at the age of fourteen. His first printed works began to appear in late 1807. When Toyokuni II died in 1835, ten years after the master, Kunisada was entitled to use the name Toyokuni III. He died in 1865
KUNIYOSHI, UTAGAWAwas born in 1797 and died in 1861. He was born the son of a silk-dyer with the given name Yoshisaburo and had a love of drawing at a very young age. It is thought that he had training with Katsukawa Shuntei before he joined the great Utagawa school at 14 years of age. The head of the school at that time was Toyokuni (1769 to 1825) who gave the new student the name of Kuniyoshi which was a mixture of the master's and student's name. It took Kunyoshi until 1827 before he gained any commercial success with a series of warrior scenes but once started he flourished and his woodblocks encompassed a wide range of subject matters including ghost stories, beautiful women, actors, landscapes and even a few comic adventures.
OGATA, GEKKO lived from 1859 to 1920. He was born an orphan and gained his name when adopted by the renowned artist family of Ogata and given the name Gekko, meaning moonlight, by them. He was a self taught artist and created a truly individual style in his images. He is one of the most highly collectible of the Meiji era artists.
SHOSAI, IKKEI was a student of Hiroshige the Third. He was only active for about ten years between the 1860s and 1870s. Most of his work consisted of comic scenes of life in the early Meiji period.
SHUNTEI, MIYAGAWA lived from 1873 to 1914 and produced his finest work at the end of the 19th Century. Original Name was Watanabe Morikichi. He Studied under Watanabe Shoka and Later Tomioka Eisen and Much of his Work Dealt with the Customs of Women and Children at Play. Miyagawa Shuntei, produced his finest work at the end of the nineteenth century. His two greatest series of woodcuts, Pictures of Customs and Flowers of the World of Pleasure, were both published in Tokyo in 1897. Shuntei's finest art was in the genre of bijin-ga; portrayals of beautiful women. In this regard, he is often regarded by scholars as a precursor to the woodcuts of the following generation of famous Shin Hanga artists.
YOSHIIKU, UTAGAWA lived from 1833 to 1904. He was born the son of a Tea House Owner and became a Student of Kuniyoshi. A fellow student of Yoshitoshi, they were always competitors for the Master’s attention within the Kuniyoshi school. This rivalry continued throughout their lives. He was a Respected Woodblock Artist who Lived During a Difficult Period of Japanese History and Through his Skill and Talent Managed to Advance his Career and Reputation by his Immense Skill.
YOSHITSUYA, KOKO was born in 1822 and lived until 1866. He was a student in the Utagawa School under Kuniyoshi and most of his secens are based on Japanese legend and history oftenb including some fine images of warriors. See the More Ukiyo-e Page for this Artist's Work.
YOSHITOSHI, TAISO lived from 1839 until 1892 and is considered to be one of the greatest artists of the Meiji era. He was a student of Kuniyoshi along with Yoshiiku and, even though he was considered the greater talent, when Kuniyoshi died, he was named the heir apparent to the school. Along with Yoshiiku there were hard times until the release of his most famous and most sought after series the 100 Aspects of the Moon was released and this series about beautiful women and ghosts is still thought to be one of the truly great woodblock print series ever created. Unfortunately his great creative ability and talent had a dark side as he suffered for depression and mental illness and he died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of only 53.
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The Meiji Era, 1868 to 1912, was a very bad time for Woodblock Print Artists in Japan. The Established Order of Master and Student was breaking down, there was some civil turmoil and war and an influx of European ideas, architecture and values.
In the Early 1920s a Genuine Woodblock Print could be purchased for less than the price of a glass of Saki.
At this time a group of new artists began to design woodblocks in a new way, breaking the old traditions of replicating, to some extent, their teacher’s work, and presenting landscapes, animals and other scenes in a totally new perspective. This visionary artists formed two main groups and their woodblocks were named Shin Hanga, meaning New Prints, and Sosaku Hanga, meaning Creative Prints.
THE MAJOR ARTISTS
ASANO, TAKEJI Lived from 1900 to 1999. He Graduated from the Kyoto School of Fine Arts in 1919 and then the Kyoto School of Painting in 1923. He was Influenced in his Early Years by Tsuchida Bakusen and Helped to Organise the Sosaku Hanga Society in 1929. His Classical Background Has Influenced his Woodblocks and his Incredible Creativity has Made Him One of the Great Shin Hanga Artists. Most of his prints were published by Unsodo but a few were published by Uchida and as well as these he carved and printed some of his own designs, which is rare among woodblock artists of this period.
BAKUFU , OHNO was born in Tokyo in 1888 and Lived until 1976. He made great inroads into the Shin Hanga style and much of his work was published by Kyoto Hanga In. His work is among the Rarest of Shin Hanga Artists and examples from the 1950s are difficult to find and offer an excellent investment opportunity.
ENDO, KYOZO was born in Tokyo in 1897 and Lived until 1970. He graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1921 and he was one of those Great Artists of the time who worked for the Love of the Artform more than Anything Else. His Work Never Gained any Great Recognition until after his death except for Being Displayed in the Official Exhibitions of Teiten and Bunten. During his Life he Obtained a Teaching Post at the Women's College of Fine Arts but Considering the Advanced Creativity of His Work and His Unwillingness to Compromise his Original Talents he was Very Undervalued at the Time. Few of his Works Have Survived and it is Very Rare in Today's Market. HASUI, KAWASE Lived from 1883 until 1957. He Most Highly Regarded for the Exquisite Colour, Amazing Perspective and Inspiring Ambiance of his wide Range of Landscape Woodblocks. During his Life he Created Over 600 Different Woodblock Scenes and he is Recognised as one of Most Prolific and Most Talented of Shin Hanga Artists from the Early 20th Century. It is no wonder that a Year Prior to his Death he was Honoured with the Title of a Living National Treasure. Most of his woodblocks were published by Watanabe but he also had some of his work published by other companies including by Isetatsu, Bijutsusha, Kawaguchi and Sakai, Tokyo Shobido, Doi Teiichi, Kato and Kawaguchi and Sakai. IKEZUMI, KIYOSHI was Born in Tokyo in 1913. He began studying industrial art and design at the Imperial Art School where he won some awards and had some of his work displayed in exhibitions but after four years he became bored with the course and left. After the second world war he moved to Yokohama and made his living in a freelance capacity designing woodblock prints. His main focus is creating scenes of Japan in the 1920s where he shows great skill and offers and insight into the lifestyle of Japan at this time. KASAMATSU, SHIRO Lived from 1898 to 1991. He was Born in Asakusa, Tokyo, and became a Student of Kiyotaka at the Age of 13. He is One of the Most Highly Respected of the Shin Hanga Artists Creating Many Landscape Scenes in a Unique and Individual Style. His Prints have been published by Watanabe, Kinjiro and Unsodo and from 1955 he self published a number of his own woodblocks.
KAWAI, KENJILived from 1908 to 1995 and was Born in Kyoto. He Graduated from the Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting and Produced a Limited Number of Woodblocks all Displaying a Modernistic Style which was Unique for the Time and most published by Unsodo.
KAWANO, KAORU Lived from 1916 until 1965. He studied at Kawabata Art School and his first recorded exhibition of woodblock prints was at Nihon Hanga Kyokai in 1944. His career was interrupted by war and he was taken prisoner in Siberia for a number of years before resuming his art and exhibiting again in 1949 and again at Kokogakai in 1952. In 1958 he moved to Tokyo and his work was highly praised in a number of international competitions and solo exhibitions in New York, Seattle, Tokyo and a number of other major centres. His work is rare and unique with rich and highly textured form often depicting children. As is often the case his major fame came after his death and his scenes are very rare and highly collectible.
KEISEN, TOMITAwas born in Fukuoka in 1879 and lived until 1936. He studied classical Japanese pianting and became part of the Kyoto circle of artists contributing to the official Bunten and Teiten exhibitions. His woodblock prints are very rare.
KANO, KOGA was born in Wakayama Province in 1897 and lived until 1953. Being a Woodblock Artist in Japan in the Early Years on the 20th Century was a difficult and very low income occupation and the Great Artists of the time worked for the Love of the Artform more than Anything Else. Even though he had Graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1919 Kano Never Gained any Great Recognition until the Few Years before his death. His Work Shows an Advanced Creativity for the Era and is Very Rare in Today's Market as he was not One of the Mainstream School and Never Abandonned his Artistic Integrity or Compromised his Originality.
KOTOZUKA, EIICHIwas born in Osaka in 1906. He studied at the Kyoto Specialist School of Painting and in the late 1940s was one of the four artists who founded a co-operative publishing company called Koryokusha in an effort to gain an artistic expression free of the major houses. Tokuriki, Tobei and Tasaburo were the other three involved. He has created quite a number of woodblocks covering unique scenes of Japanese tradition, flowers, landscapes and wildlife. He was a member of the Seiryusha Group of Liberal Artists and Died in 1979.
MAMORU, HYOSHI was Born in Tokyo. He Graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts where he Studied with Okada Saborosuke.
MINAGAWA, TAIZO was Born in 1917 and Graduated from the Kyoto City School of Arts and Crafts and was an Expert Dyer. He Created a Number of Woodblock Scenes which All Show a Unique Understanding of the Art Form and His Dying Skills can be seen in his Individual Use of Colours. He Died in 2005 and has Many Works in Museums.
NAKAZAWA, HIROMITSUwas Born in Tokyo and Lived from 1874 to 1964 . He studied Western painting at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts for four years prior to 1900 under the tutorship if Kuroda Seiki and during the difficult years of the early 20 th Century was chosen as one of the artists to create a scene from the Complete Works of Chikamatsu which was published in the 1920s. He did not gain any great appreciation or recognition until after the Second World War when his style and skill was accepted by a wide audience and he won a number of awards in Japan. NISHIYAMA, HIDEO Lived from 1911 to 1989 and was Born in Kyoto. He Graduated from the Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting and His Most Well Known Work was a Series of the Twelve Views of Kyoto Published by Unsodo in 1948.
OKADA, KOICHIwas Born in 1907. He Created a large number of prints but his most famous was a Series of 12 Woodblocks with Scenes on Mount Fuji. He was Born in 1907 and much of his work was Published by Unsodo in the 1950s.
OKUYAMA, GIHACHIROwas Born on 1907 and Lived until 1981. He studied art under Kasaka Gajin and during the difficult economic times of the 1920s made his living creating commercial designs for posters and advertising labels eventually establishing his own advertising company in 1931. At the same time as making a living in this manner he was very active in both the Sosaku and Shin Hanga Movements and creating woodblocks which were exhibited in within these Associations. In 1946 he established the Japan Print Institute – Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho – and he continued to work as a woodblock artist for most of his life. His prints display a fine and creative style and they are among the rarest of Shin Hanga woodblocks to be found today.
SEKIGUCHI, SHUNGOwas Born in Japan in 1911 and Lived until 2002. He Contributed to the Famous 1932 series of prints, “One Hundred Views of Great Tokyo” and In 1935, after being awarded a scholarship from the French Government, he moved to Paris and Began Studying at L’Ecole des Beaux Art. He has Received a Number of Awards in France and in Japan and Examples of his Excellent Woodblocks of Paris Scenes can be Found in the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo
SHOSON, OHARA was born in 1877 with the name Ohara Matao in the city of Kanazawa. Early in his life he studied Shijo painting with the artists Susuki Kason and changed his name to Koson, in recognition of his master. Around 1900 Ohara obtained a teaching position at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts and began sending his bird and flower paintings to the USA where he quickly gained recognition. In 1912 with a growing international audience, he changed his name again, this time to Shoson, and focussed all his energies on Woodblock prints with nature themes. He lived until 1945. His woodblocks have been published by Kokkeido, Daikokuya, Watanabe, Kawaguchi and Sakai and Nishinomiya.
SHOTEI, HIROAKI or TAKAHASHI lived from 1871 to 1945. He used a variety of names to sign his prints during his career and from the 1907 until the 1930's usually signed himself Shotei although some of his very early scenes are signed Kakei. From this time he also signed himself Hiroaki and Komei. At the age of 52 years the fires created by the Great Earthquake of the time destroyed his life's work totaling 500 Woodblocks used in the printing of his art. He began again and focused his attention on landscape scenes until he was lost in the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.
TOKURIKI, TOMIKICHIROLived from 1902 until 2000. He was the 12th generation of artists in his Family and was born in Kyoto. He graduated from the Kyoto City School of Fine Arts and the Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting in l924 and began his career as a painter later becoming engrossed in the art of woodblock prints. He was an ardent supporter of the Sosaku Hanga and Shin Hanga Movements and is one of the Most Highly Respected Woodblock Artists of the Twentieth Century. Around 1945 Tokuriki set up his Own Publishing Company, called Matsukyu Publishing, to Carve, Print and Distribute his Own and Other Sosaka and Shin Hanga Woodblocks. YOSHIDA, TOSHI was born in Tokyo in 1911. He is the eldest son Hiroshi Yoshida a well established artist and woodblock print maker of the time. He loved to paint and was a willing pupil of his father who took him on a drawing trip to India when he was 19 years old. He has since travelled widely and always recorded his journeys in artworks and in 1980 he opened a woodblock print making school in Nagano Province. His work can be found in many museums and art galleries around the world including The Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco.
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CONTEMPORARY WOODBLOCK PRINTS - THE JAPANESE RENAISSANCE
After the difficult times in the first half of the Twentieth Century in Japan there grew a slow renaissance in the art of Woodblock Prints: Many artists began their own publishing companies and new artists experimented in style and form. New markets appeared and interest in the artform spread into the Western world.
A new confidence and optimism encompassed the Japanese art world fuelled by demand from America and Europe and as the 1950’s ended it no longer seemed hopeless for a young artist to study the woodblock form and have an ambition to support himself through his art.
By 1980 an artist could hope to have his art displayed in New York, Amsterdam or Paris and woodblock prints began appearing in art competitions and Art Galleries both private and public in major cities around the world. No longer did one need to rely on the Japanese population for recognition or income.
As the 21st Century began this market exploded due to the internet and now millions of people could study, appreciate and enjoy Japanese woodblock prints from the comfort of their home. No longer were only art aficionados in control but normal people who had taste and discrimination of their own began to take notice of this unique and amazing form of artistic expression.
These modern day artists are diverse and they cater to a host of tastes. Many display a creative brilliance that has caused their woodblocks to escalate in value and demand and as more people search out Woodblock prints for, decoration and or collection, the investment value of these modern works continues to grow.
Japanese Woodblock prints by Contemporary Artists offer the wise collector the opportunity to amass beautiful artworks at the same time as creating a private portfolio of tangible items which are easy to house and offer hours and hours of pleasure.
For the home decorator Woodblock prints by modern artists can be found to suit any design style or décor and will add a unique dimension to any room.
THE MAJOR ARTISTS
FUJITA, FUMIO was born in Japan in 1933 and studied at the Musashino College of Fine Arts. He began creating woodblock prints in 1963 and has always tried to maintain a type of minimalist style within the landscape genre. He has been very successful and is one of the few present day artists to have been contracted by a major Japanese woodblock publisher at the same time as retaining his independence and so continuing to create woodblocks prints himself. Fumio Fujita's woodblocks are all hand signed, dated, titled and numbered limited editions. HIROSE, TAKASHIwas Born Gumma Province in 1955 and Studied Oil Painting at Musashino University. After Graduating he was drawn to Woodblock Printing and Became a Student of the Famous Joichi Hoshi where He Learned all Aspects of the Artform. Hirose Takashi is One of the Finest Artists Found Today, Much Revered by Japanese Collectors and Has Held Many Solo Exhibitions in Japan Including One in 2002 at the Prestigious Daimaru Department Store in Tokyo.
IDO, MASAO was born in North-East China in 1945 then moved to Japan in 1946 where he has lived ever since. He studied in Kyoto with Yoshida Koho and Otsubo Shigechika and by 1984 was a Teacher of Seiji Sano. Masao Ido is One of the Most Highly regarded of Contemporary Woodblock Artists and has Work in Many Museums including the New York Modern Art Museum, the Boston Art Museum, the Kyoto and Tokyo National Museum and the Florence Municipal Museum. He has an extremely individual form of expression and an amazing skill with persective and form. Masoa Ido's woodblocks are all hand signed, dated, titled and numbered limited editions of mostly small amounts only very rarely more than 100.
YOSHIHARU was born in Tokyo in 1934. He has Gained High Recognition in
Japan and Internationally from 1957 when he Won a Prize for his Work at
the Nihon Banga-in Exhibition. Among his Other Extremely Successful
Shows there has Been One Man Exhibitions at the Odakyu Department Store
in Japan and in Philadelphia in the USA.
KANEKO, KUNIO was born in Tokyo in 1949 and studied at the Musashino University of Fine Arts. He often uses gold leaf in the colouring of his woodblocks to extremely good effect and has a well established reputation through a number of exhibitions in New York, Tokyo and regional Japanese cities. His woodblocks have an individual appeal and blend the classic design traditions with a modernistic approach to colour and texture. Kunio Kaneko's woodblocks are all hand signed, dated, titled and numbered limited editions of often more than 200.
KATO, TERUHIDEwas Born in 1936 and Studied at the Kyoto Art College. He had a Very Successful Career as a Kimono Designer but at the Age of 50 years Decided to Follow his Life Long Ambition to Become a Traditional Woodblock Artist. His Talent was Quickly Acknowledged and he has Had his Woodblocks shown in New York as well as Having a Book, entitled Kyoto Romance, Published about his Work. Virtually all of Teruhide Kato's available woodblocks are in open editions and in latter years are published by Unsodo which is a mark of his commercial success.
KATSURAGAWA, NARUMIwas born in 1974 in Gifu Province and her woodblocks are created with basic techniques using traditional water based black sumi ink on washi. The first art prize she won was the Japanese Prints Exhibition Association Prize in 2000 and since then her work has been awarded prizes every year. In 2005 she was selected to be a member of a five female artist tour of Europe and her work included in the International Japanese Contemporary Print exhibition in Bulgaria. Her woodblocks are housed in the Machida City Museum, Numazu and Sakima Art Museum, Ueda.
born in Kyoto City in 1947. He became an member of the Kyoto Etching
Group in 1967. During the 1970s he held a one man show at the Uchida Art
Retail Outlet, and won prizes for his work at both the Kyoto Citizens
Art Exhibition and from the Japan Print Makers Association. Since then
he has Had number of Exhibitions including one at the Art Salon of
Kyoto's Daimaru Department Store and won a number of awards at
MAEDA, KOICHIwas Born in Tokyo in 1936. He is a Lecturer at SBS Gakuen, Shizuoka city, Shizuok Shunyo-kai member of a number of Professional Associations including Shunyo-kai, The Japan Artists Association and the Shizuoka Prefecture Woodblock Printers Association. Between 1961 and 1979 His Woodblocks were Exhibited through Nihon Hanga Kyokai and a number of other venues where he has won awards including the Art Festival Award at the Shizuoka Prefecture Art Festival in 1978 and 1979, the Mayor’s Award at the Exhibition of Shizuoka Prefecture Woodblock Print Show in 1997. His work is highly sought after by collectors in the U.S.A. Koichi Maeda's woodblocks are all hand signed, dated, titled and numbered limited editions of mostly small amounts rarely more than 80.
MORIMURA, REIwas Born in Tokyo in 1948 and Graduated from Tokyo Gakugei University. By the Year 2000 his Work was much in Demand and he held a Solo Exhibition in the Following Year at Kanazawa, Ishikawa. In 2002 another Solo Exhibtion of his Work was Shown at the Azuma Gallery in Seattle which Consolidated International Demand for his Work and in the Following Years Regular Solo Shows in Toyko Have Been Popular and Sell Out Events.
NAMIKI, HAJIME was Born in 1947 and Began his Artistic Career as a Sculpture. Towards the End of the 1970s He Started to Create Woodblock Prints and Quickly Gained a Reputation on the International Market, even having his Work on Display in the White House. His Use of Silver and Gold Leaf on Torinoko Paper, Created from Gampi Fibre which Has an Almost Semi-Transparent Finish, Add Intensity to His Scenes Giving them Added Depth and Dimension. Hajime Namiki's woodblocks are all hand signed, Ltid Editions which are numbered and dated. NISHIJIMA, KATSUYUKI was born in 1945 in Yamaguchi Province of Japan. From 1964 to 1968 he studied the art of Woodblock Prints in the studio of the Mikumo publishing house in Kyoto as well as exhibiting his work with the Kyoto independent artists and in solo displays. From 1972 he focused his immense talents on limited edition woodblocks using traditional old buildings as his main subject matter. Katsuyuki Nishijima's woodblocks come in a number of formats and the larger sizes are almost always limitied editions of 500, all hand signed, titled and numbered but normally never dates. His smaller sized woodblocks are hand signed and titled and open editions, again not dated.
KAZUYUKIwas born in Isezaki City, Gunma Province in 1935. His study of
woodblock print making began in 1954 when he began working as an assistant to
Kiyoshi Saito who was one of the leading artists of the Sosaku Hanga Movement. Under this
great artists tutorage Ohstu learned every facet of print making from painting
the original designs and carving the indiviual woodblocks to the hand printing
of the final artform and he has maintained these skills until the present day.
All of his woodblock prints are created totally by himself in the great Sosaku
Born in Aomori Province in 1947. He Graduated from the Art Department
of the Yamagata University after Studying under Hayashiba. He was
selected to join the Institute of Japan Prints as well as other
Organisations and has Won a Number of Awards including the Grand Prize
for Prints in 1988.
SANO , SEIJIwas born in Iwata in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1959. He moved to Kyoto in 1978 and studied with textile designer Sano Takeshi. In 1984 he began studying woodblock printing with Ido Masao, one of Japan's top contemporary artists. Sano's beautiful woodblock landscapes focus on the natural beauty of the countryside around Kyoto and display an instinctive feel for colour and form that is very rare among the artists of his era. Seiji Sano woodblocks are all hand signed, dated, titled and numbered limited editions of mostly small amounts often only up to 100.
SOMEYA, HISAO was Born in 1935. Woodblocks by this Artist are always Ltd Editions and Very Difficult to Find. He has received scholarships to study his art in France but usually focuses on scenes of the city and suburbs of Tokyo when his unique style is much appreciated by locals and as his editions are usually of small size they sell quickly and so are Very Rarely Offered Outside of Japan.
SUGIYAMA, MOTOSUGU, sometimes his Christian name is translated Motuju, was born in 1925 in regional Japan but after marrying moved to Tokyo with his wife who was born in that City. They lived a comfortable life and he had a career in the business world but he had a deep artistic urge and, in 1975 at the age of 50, he began studying the Woodblock Art with Funasaka Yoshisuke. He created a number of woodblocks which were well received and after retiring from work in 1995 he decided to begin an artistic life full time. He has a unique style which no one has been able to successfully imitate and in these latter years of his life has won amazing international recognition. One of his works stole the show as the centre piece of the East Meets West Exhibition in Michigan in 2004. Sugiyams's woodblocks are all hand signed, dated, titled and numbered limited editions of mostly small amounts often only 50 and never more than 100. In our opinion he is the MOST undervalued in monetary terms and one of the most creative of Japanese contemporary woodblock artists. He is dedicated to his artform and seems to have an almost disdainful attitude towards commercialism. Refer artist's book "Kokoro ni Nokoru Fukei no Mokuhanga".
TANAKA, YOKOwas born in 1947. Woodblocks by this artist are difficult to find with a few offered via international woodblock auction houses an one or two exhibitions at large Tokyo Galleries.
TANAKA, YOSHIKAZUwas born in Kyoto in 1933. He studied woodblock and copperplate prints at the Musashino Art University. His fame really began in the 1980s when a number of his works were selected for exhibitions held in Mexico and Australia. Over the next ten years he held many solo shows in Japan and Mexico and now his woodblocks can be seen in a number of Art Galleries and Museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Mexico Guanut Museum. His career was also boosted recently when in 2008 the Kyoto Museum included his work in the Japan and American International Woodblock Print Shows.
YOSHIDA, HODAKAis one of Hiroshi Yoshida's sons. He was born in 1926 and began his career as an artist creating woodblock prints in 1950. He died in 1995 and never created a huge number of woodblock scenes prefering to focus on expanding his unique, indivualistic style
YUASA, HIROSHI was born in Hyogo Province of Japan in 1933. He was a student of Hiratsuka Un'ichi and created his reputation through regular exhibits at The Annual To-no-Kai Print Shows held in the Osaka Contemporary Arts Centre in Spring and Gallery Masagu in Autumn where he has achieved recognition for his skill in creating an amazing atmosphere in a scene while only using traditional, Japanese Black Sumi Ink. It should be noted that Sumi can only be used on wet washi so many of his woodblocks will show faint wrinkles in washi due to using these age old prinitng techmiques. Woodblocks by this artist are very rarely found outside of Japan. Hiroshi Yuasa's few woodblocks which can be found unsold in Japan are all hand signed, titled and numbered limited editions of mostly small amounts rarely more than 20. Most are dated but there a few to be seen undated.
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ALL PRICES ARE IN AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS AND INCLUDE GST FOR AUSTRALIAN BUYERS. AN EXPORT PRICE FOR BUYERS OUTSIDE OF AUSTRALIA IS LISTED WITH EVERY WOODBLOCK AND THE WOODBLOCK PURCHASED MUST BE SHIPPED TO AN ADDRESS OUTSIDE OF AUSTRALIA. WHAT IS A WOODBLOCK PRINT ?
A Woodblock Print is Created by Carving the required design onto a piece of wood, coating the finished "blocks" with paint or dye and then rubbing the paper which is to be patterned onto the woodblock to transfer the design. Where more than one colour is required more woodblocks need to be carved with the shapes of the different coloured portions raised in order to transfer the coloured ink to the correct places on the paper. The best ways to see if a picture is a woodblock print is by first looking at the coloured areas and outlines with a very strong magnifying glass. If the picture is a photographic copy you will see tiny dots over all the surface. If there are no dots it is either a painting, an engraving or lithograph of some sort, a screen print or a woodblock. A Woodblock Print will have what is Called Bleed Through on the Reverse Side where most of the colours and outlines of the scene can be distinguished. It will also have tiny indentations in the Washi where the outlines of the actual woodblock carving has been Impressed into the Paper.
The Woodblock Schools of Japan used a paper called Washi, created from the bark of Mulberry Trees as this is very strong and water proof. Some of The Great Historical Schools of Woodblock Artists are known as :
The Primitives, including artists like Moronobu, Norfusa and Sukenobu The Torii School, including Harunobu, Kiyomasu and Shigenobu. The Utagawa School, including the Founder Utagawa Toyoharu (1735 to 1814), Toyokuni, One, Two and Three, the last also known as Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige (The First), Kunichika, Yoshiiku and Kuniyasu. The Osaka School, including Yoshitaki, Shuntei and Ashihiro. The Yokohama Artists, including Yoshikazi, Kunimaru, Yoshitoshi and both Hiroshige the Second and the Third.
There are many other artists in each of these schools and other schools but this Guide is only meant to be a basic reference and so it is impossible to go into greater detail.
The training of a Woodblock Artist consisted of Teaching the student how to create pictures which were able to be transformed into a woodblock print without loosing their basic form, perspective and detail and this is not such an easy thing to do. So the great artists were, and still are, extremely highly regarded for not only their artistic taste and creativity but also for the way in which they could interpret a scene specifically for use as a woodblock print.
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