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DATE 1st December 2012: Today I discovered that Mr Sugiyama has been hospitalised and will no longer be able to continue his work. This is a great loss to the woodblock art world and it means that many of his limited edition series may never be finished as he always undertook the entire print making process himself including the hand signing, numbering, titling and dating in pencil of every numbered print and to employ outside printers to reproduce this will compomise the integrity of the limited edition.
AMONG the recognised contemporary artists there are some who have managed to maintain the unique custom of Japanese expressional form while creating scenes of sometimes ultra modern realism which display the timeless cultural imagery of Japan. One of the most creative and skillful of this group is MOTOSUGU SUGIYAMA who, at over 80 years of age, maintains the age old tradition of Japanese Woodblock Prints by creating scenes of everyday life in Japan and through incredible detail and ultra-modern form allows the aura of ancient Japan to be seen in the images of modern life.
SUGIYAMA, MOTOSUGU, whose Christian name is sometimes 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. Sugiyama's woodblocks are all hand signed, dated, titled and numbered limited editions of mostly small amounts often only 50 and never more than 100. Many are Large Format, up to 60cm (Almost 2ft) Wide. 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.
OUR SELECTION OF THE FINEST SUGIYAMA ORIGINAL LIMITED EDITION WOODBLOCKS
We have been COLLECTING LOW NUMBER limited edition Sugiyama Woodblock Prints for a number of years and ALL OF OUR OFFERINGS are in AS NEW CONDITION as we have kept them in SAFE STORAGE SINCE they were PURCHASED. All display his AMAZING SKILL DEPICTING LIGHT CONDITIONS, have strong yet subtle COLOUR and are PRINTED ON WASHI.
THESE ARE AMONG THE BEST INVESTMENTS TO BE FOUND IN CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE ARTS
#P3643 FUNA DOMARI - A GROUP OF BOATS
The scene is Ferry Boats and Other Craft on the Sumida River in Tokyo. DATE: 1992 NUMBER: 84 OF 100 THIS RARE AND AMAZING SCENE IS NOW OUT OF PRINT AND VERY RARE LOOK AT THESE DETAILS
A GREAT ART INVESTMENT SIZE: 37cm x 32cm (14.6 inches x 12.6 inches) PRICE: Aust$770 Inc GST Export Aust$700
#P3966 SPRING IS HERE
THIS IS ONE OF Mr SUGIYAMA'S MOST POPULAR SCENES, NOW OUT OF PRINT AND VERY RARE AN EXCELLENT LOW PRICED ART INVESTMENT. DATE: 2006 NUMBER: 23 of ONLY 50 SIZE: 30cm x 24cm (11.8 inches x 9.5 inches) LOOK AT THE AMAZING COLOUR AND DETAIL IN THIS SCENE PRICE: Aust$385 Inc GST Export Aust$350
#P3968 SEA IN SEPTEMBER
ONE OF Mr SUGIYAMA'S LATER SCENES AND VERY RARE LOW PRICED ART INVESTMENT. DATE: 2008 NUMBER: 33 of 100 SIZE: 14cm x 11cm (5.5 inches x 4.2 inches) PRICE: Aust$159.50 Inc GST Export Aust$145
#P2456 EARLY MORNING IN GINZA SOLD THANK YOU
DATE: 2004 THIS RARE AND AMAZING SCENE IS NOW OUT OF PRINT AND VERY RARE NUMBER: 26 of 100 SIZE: 46cm x 33cm (18 inches x 13 inches) A GREAT ART INVESTMENT PRICE: Aust$715 Including GST EXPORT Aust$650 SOLD THANK YOU
#P4025 EVENING AT ETCHU-JIMA
DATE: 2005 NUMBER: 19 of ONLY 100 SIZE: 47cm x 34cm (18.5 inches x 13.4 inches) A FEW OF THIS LIMITED EDITION SCENE WERE STILL AVAILABLE IN DEC.2012 BUT THEY WILL NOT LAST LONG AND THEN THIS LOW NUMBER PRINT WILL INCREASE GREATLY IN VALUE PRICE: Aust$605 Inc GST Export Aust$550
The scene is Toyko's beautiful Hama-Rikyo the Tokugawa Shoguns' historic Beach House now a public gardens. DATE: 2005 NUMBER: Low Number 10 of 100 SIZE: 24cm x 19cm (9.5 inches x 7.5 inches) PRICE: Aust$330 Inc GST Export Aust$300
#P1543 (DREAM AT) KACHIDOKI BRIDGE
The scene is the Kachidoki Opening Bridge, Tokyo. DATE: 2004 NUMBER: Very Low Number 3 of 100 SIZE: 46cm x 33cm (18 inches x 13 inches) A VERY LOW NUMBER IN THE LIMITED EDITION AND A CLASSIC SCENE BY Mr SUGIYAMA. THIS IS A PRIME ART INVESTMENT. PRICE: Aust$715 Inc GST Export Aust$650
#P3967 TSUKIJI FISH MARKET, GINZA
ONE OF Mr SUGIYAMA'S LATER SCENES AND VERY RARE LOW PRICED ART INVESTMENT. DATE: 2007 NUMBER: LOW NUMBER 6 of 300 SIZE: 15cm x 10cm (5.9 inches x 3.9 inches) PRICE: Aust$132 Inc GST Export Aust$120
#P1439 HANA IKADA
The Scene is the Hana Ikada, Tokyo. DATE: 2004 NUMBER: 43 of 100 SIZE: 30cm x 21cm (11.7 inches x 8.2 inches) THIS SCENE HAS BEEN IN OUR COLLECTION FOR MANY YEARS SO CAN OFFER IT AT A VERY LOW PRICE PRICE: Aust$200 Inc GST Export Aust$220
#P2551 OCHANO MIZU BRIDGE, TOKYO SOLD THE LIMITED EDITION IS SOLD OUT
The scene is the Historic Ochano Mizu Bridge in Tokyo. This Bridge - the Water for Tea Bridge was once where the Water was so Pure that Servants of the Emperor would go there to collect water for his tea. DATE: 1990 NUMBER: 73 of 100 SIZE: 19cm x 14cm (7.5 inches x 5.5 inches) SOLD
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