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The art of Hajime Namiki can be considered a tree cult. Trees are a central motif in his work. And trees made Hajime Namiki famous.
First Publication: July 2007
Latest Update: May 2013
As Hajime Namiki was born in 1947 in Tokyo, the city lay in ruins and would be occupied for another five years by the United States. He experienced firsthand the rapid re-growth of the city during his childhood. But he did not let himself get caught up in the euphoria of a western-oriented progress. His artistic development led him back to his roots. In the traditional art of the Japanese woodblock printing, he finally found his homeland.
In 1965 Hajime Namiki began studying sculpture as a student of the legendary artist Shigeru Ogura. Namiki had to spend long hours in Ogura's studio. In 1974 Namiki became a member of the Japanese Association of Sculptors and since then he has had several works displayed at important exhibitions.
The sophistication of his work in the subtle art of color woodblock printing was not recognized until about 1978. Within a short time Namiki mastered the traditional processes of printmaking.
Namiki looks for new paths within the traditional process of creating prints. He loves to limit his color palette to nuances of unique colors or he creates low key contrast to lift the subject matter from the environment. Namiki also creates a special effect using a golden and silver leaf background, on which he arranges the print in oil based colors.
To Hajime Namiki his subject matters are expressions of a developed connection to nature. For example, if an artist were to live a long time in Kyoto and then move to China where he then continued to live and work in a large city, his spiritual homeland would still lie in nature. And it is this nature that Namiki has studied, down to the smallest detail and his preliminary sketches for his prints exactly reflect this.
21 sold object(s) by Hajime Namiki born 1947 in our Art Archive
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