If you like cats, you will also like Tadashige Nishida woodblock prints. The artist has specialized in making woodblock prints of cats in all positions and colors. But also other popular subjects of contemporary Japanese printmaking are to be found - like tree prints or the ever-glowing Mount Fuji.
First Publication: September 2009
Latest Update: May 2013
Tadashige Nishida was born on Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. He studied at Chiba University. In the 1960s the artist went to Spain and to the United States of America for post-graduate studies.
Tadashige Nishida works in woodblock technique. His works are published by Uchida in Kyoto. They are well made and have a high technical level - usually with luxury features like the background made with gold or silver pigments. Tadashige Nishida's woodblock prints come as limited editions of usually 100 or more copies, numbered, dated and signed by the artist.
Japanese people like cats. Images of these cute little felines can be often found on woodblock prints by Kuniyoshi Utagawa, 1797-1861. Of all ukiyo-e artists he was maybe the first to make cats appear noticeable on many of his thousands of Japanese print designs. He was a great cat lover, and many more artists among following generations made cat prints. Tadashige Nishida is one of them, but with his own specific style.
Joichi Hoshi - 1913-1979 may have been the first to specialize in images of trees. Since then many Japanese artists have followed him, including his student Hajime Namiki - born 1947. How then could Tadashige Nishida be the odd one staying outside?
Every Japanese artist must have created at least one image of the eternal Mount Fuji. Tadashige's Mount Fuji looks a bit odd. The attraction of the designs is in my view the way in which Tadashige Nishida integrated the pattern of the grain of the wooden block into the image.
Author: Dieter Wanczura
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