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When we encountered the art of Mr. Gong Yuan for the first time, we saw two rather different styles. There are portraits in a quite specific technique that we have not seen before. And finally there are paintings of cartoon characters following a recent Chinese art movement called 'generation cartoon'.
Artist Resumé Gong Yuan
Koichi Okumura was a typical Kyoto artist. He was born in Kyoto, and lived, worked and taught art in this old imperial city until his death in 1974. Collectors of Japanese prints know him for several dozens of woodblock prints that the artist had designed for the Kyoto publisher Unsodo. Guess what kind of subjects? Mostly famous views of Kyoto, of course. Koichi Okumura, a Kyoto artist in every aspect!
Biography of Koichi Okumura
Kiyotada Torii, 1875-1941, was an adopted son of the famous Torii family. In the literature he is also referred to as Torii VII. Collectors of Japanese prints know him best for a series of actor prints, titled Kabuki Juhachiban.
Biography of Kiyotada Torii
When I saw the first images of paintings by Chinese artist Cui Dayong, I knew at once that he is a great find. His colorful, warm hearted images in friendly colors of mermaids and girls with large eyes make you feel comfortable and feel young at heart.
Resumé of Chinese artist Cui Dayong
Much has been written about the charms of the "decadent" bijin print style of the Bunka (1804-1817) and early Bunsei Periods, but far less about its actor prints. And that which has been said is not generally flattering.
Kabuki Prints from the Bunka Era
Chikanobu Toyohara is a leading printmaker of the Meiji era (1868-1912). His woodblock prints are both retrograde and modern at the same time. Many of the artist's print subjects deal with Japan's glorious past. But in the woodblock technique used by Chikanobu one can find a lot of modern features like subtle shading and coloring that were later carried to perfection by the shin hanga artists under the guidance of publisher Watanabe Shozaburo.
"Nihon Minzoku Zufu" - Pictures of Japanese Native Customs. This is the title of a series of 12 Japanese woodblock prints that were created in 1946 by leading artists of the sosaku hanga movement - Umetaro Azechi, Hide Kawanishi, Sadao Kuroki, Masao Maeda, Doshun Mori, Kiyoshi Saito, Senpan Maekawa, Junichiro Sekino and Yasoji Wakayama.
Customs of Japan
This article gives you condensed information and links to further information about the contemporary artists Yuji Hiratsuka, Paul Binnie and Tom Kristensen. All three are represented by artelino.
Three Contemporary Japanese Printmakers
If destiny had not meant him to become a printmaker, maybe Chen Yuping would have become a famous musical composer. This is the first impression you have when looking at his art works. Chen Yuping creates landscape symphonies.
Chen Yuping - Biography
Chen Long is a young artist from Bei-Da Huang area, Heilongjiang province, in the Northeast of China. He is part of the artist group that has made itself a name as the "Bei-Da-Huang Art School". Chen Long works in the traditional Chinese woodblock technique.
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