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Sano Seiji is one of today's successful artists who live and work in Kyoto or in the rural areas around the old imperial city. The favorite subject of these artists is the beauty of old Japan. Sano Seiji combines the woodblock technique and romantic subjects in a masterly way. The results are images with a touch of impressionism.
First Publication: July 2009
Latest Update: May 2013
Like his teacher, Sano Seiji uses the medium of woodblocks. His subjects are similar to those of his master. He shows rural landscapes and nature scenes. But Sano Seiji's uses less brilliant colors. His style is more detailed and sometimes even reminds us of impressionist paintings.
The old imperial city of Kyoto with its academies and schools for arts and handicraft is an ideal ground for the fine arts. Over the last decades a certain art style has developed around the larger area of Kyoto.
The common bond is the subject of "old Japan". For instance old Japanese farmhouses with thatched roofs that are now disappearing, landscape scenes, rural Japan in the mountainous region around Kyoto, the four seasons with harsh winters and a beautiful, but short spring time period. But also images from old houses and shops from the Gion district in Kyoto fit into this trend of "romantic Japan".
I am inclined to speak of a "Kyoto Printmaking School". The artists' usual medium is the traditional Japanese woodblock with a few exceptions like Brian Williams (etchings). Well known artists of this "Kyoto School" are for instance the deceased Clifton Karhu (Kyoto scenes) or the very successful Katsuyuki Nishijima and artists like Ido Masao, Hideaki Kato and Yuichiro Kato (photographic silkscreen prints), Joshua Rome (now back in the USA), Tatsuo Kawashima, Koichi Maeda, Kazuyuki Ohtsu and many more.
Sano Seiji has participated several times in the prestigious annual CWAJ print shows.
7 sold object(s) by Seiji Sano born 1959 in our Art Archive
Author: Dieter Wanczura
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