SUGIYAMA, MOTOSUGU

MOTOSUGO SUGIYAMA, 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 woodblock prints which were well received and after retiring from work in 1995 he decided to begin an artistic life full time.

Mr Sugiyama 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.

Mr Sugiyama, at 89 years old has finally retired from this age old tradition of creating Japanese Woodblock Prints after 41 years of Hand Carving all the woodblocks which are used to print the scene (Sometimes as many as 8 different individual carved blocks) as well as hand printing every individual block to create the entire scene which are always scenes of everyday life in Japan and through incredible detail and ultra-modern form allow the aura of ancient Japan to be seen in the images of modern life.

All his scenes are now out of print and very difficult to find so are obviously among the BEST JAPANESE ART INVESTMENTS ONE CAN FIND.

The examples in our collection have been purchased over a number of years DIRECT from the ARTIST’S ARCHIVE, have been in SAFE STORAGE since purchase and ALL are in PRISTINE CONDITION.

First edition Japanese woodblock prints by Motosugo Sugiyama

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P3643 FUNA DOMARI – A GROUP OF BOATS

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P3643 FUNA DOMARI - A GROUP OF BOATS
GENUINE FIRST LIMITED EDITION
LOOK AT THE FABULOUS LIGHT IN THE SUNSET AND REFLECTIONS
Hand Signed, Titled, Dated and Numbered All in Pencil by the Artist
The scene is Ferry Boats and Other Craft on the Sumida River in Tokyo.
DATE: 1992
NUMBER: 84 of ONLY 100 ever created.
SIZE 33.5cm x 26cm (13.2 inches X 10.2 inches)
Aus$2350 EXPORT
Aus$2585 Including GST

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P1544 GINZA NO SOCHO – EARLY MORNING IN GINZA

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P1544 GINZA NO SOCHO - EARLY MORNING IN GINZA
LARGE FIRST LIMITED EDITION
IN AS NEW CONDITION PURCHASED DIRECT FROM THE ARTIST
THIS IS ONE OF HIS MOST POPULAR SCENES
Hand Signed, Titled, Dated and Numbered All in Pencil by the Artist
DATE: 2004
NUMBER: Low Number 18 of ONLY 100 ever created.
SIZE 46cm x 32.5cm (18 inches X 12.8 inches)
Aus$1250 EXPORT
Aus$1375 Including GST

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P1545 KACHIDOKI BRIDGE

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P1545 KACHIDOKI BRIDGE
LARGE FIRST LIMITED EDITION
IN AS NEW CONDITION PURCHASED DIRECT FROM THE ARTIST
Hand Signed, Titled, Dated and Numbered All in Pencil by the Artist
DATE: 2004
NUMBER: 25 of ONLY 100 ever created.
SIZE 46cm x 33cm (18 inches X 13 inches)
Aus$1250 EXPORT
Aus$1375 Including GST

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P1546 ETCHU JIMA

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P1546 ETCHU JIMA
LARGE RARE GENUINE FIRST LIMITED EDITION
IN AS NEW CONDITION PURCHASED DIRECT FROM THE ARTIST
Hand Signed, Titled, Dated and Numbered All in Pencil by the Artist
DATE: 2005
NUMBER: 19 of ONLY 100 ever created.
SIZE 47cm x 34cm (18.5 inches X 13.4 inches)
Aus$1250 EXPORT
Aus$1375 Including GST

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P1547 RIVER SIDE

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P1547 RIVER SIDE
FIRST LIMITED EDITION
IN AS NEW CONDITION PURCHASED DIRECT FROM THE ARTIST
Hand Signed, Titled, Dated and Numbered All in Pencil by the Artist
DATE: 2004
NUMBER: 43 of ONLY 100 ever created.
SIZE 29.5cm x 21cm (11.5 inches X 8.25 inches)
Aus$500 EXPORT
Aus$550 Including GST

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P3968 SAILING

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P3968 SAILING
FIRST LIMITED EDITION
IN AS NEW CONDITION PURCHASED DIRECT FROM THE ARTIST
Hand Signed, Titled, Dated and Numbered All in Pencil by the Artist
DATE: 2008
NUMBER: 33 of ONLY 100 ever created.
SIZE 14cm x 10.8cm (5.5 inches X 4.5 inches)
Aus$160 EXPORT
Aus$176 Including GST

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P4306 SPRING IS HERE

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P4306 SPRING IS HERE
FIRST LIMITED EDITION
AS NEW CONDITION, NEVER BEEN FRAMED.
Hand Signed, Titled, Dated and Numbered All in Pencil by the Artist
DATE: 2006
NUMBER: 17 OF 50
SIZE: 29.5cm x 24cm (11.5 inches x 9.3 inches)
Aus$550 EXPORT
Aus$605 Including GST

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P4026 HAMA RIKYU

Motosugo Sugiyama: #P4026 HAMA RIKYU
FIRST LIMITED EDITION
AS NEW CONDITION, NEVER BEEN FRAMED.
Hand Signed, Titled, Dated and Numbered All in Pencil by the Artist
DATE: 2005
NUMBER: 10 OF 100
SIZE: 23.8cm x 18.8cm (9.6inches x 7.3inches)
Aus$450 EXPORT
Aus$495 Including GST

Other Contemporary Artists

We also stock Japanese woodblock prints by the following contemporary artists. Just click on the name to go direct to their individual page.

Also please view our More Contemporary Artists page for prints by: Kimura, Yoshiharu; Maeda, Koichi; Morimura, Rai; Nagai, Kyoshi; Ohtsu, Kazuyuki; Osanai, Toshikage; Tanaka, Yoko.