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In August of 2009 we received a new consignment of all hand-made woodblock prints by Japanese printmaker Katsuyuki Nishijima. Among them were many new (or old) designs that we had never seen before. With this page we want to share some of the new designs with you.
New Woodblock Prints by Katsuyuki Nishijima
The demand by the public in and outside of Japan for woodblock prints by Kyoto artist Katsuyuki Nishijima seems to be unlimited. The secret of the artist's success is in our view as obvious as simple. Katsuyuki Nishijima creates woodblock prints that are in the best tradition of the spirit of the old ukiyo-e printmakers, publishers, carvers and printers - good, inexpensive prints with beautiful, appealing subjects.
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.
Biography of Tadashige Nishida
If you happen to have some old catalogs from the 1970s or 1980s, published by Yoseido in Tokyo - a forerunner and leading gallery for contemporary Japanese prints - you will encounter etchings and mezzotints by Koichi Sakamoto in nearly every issue. Today Koichi Sakamoto is something like a classical milestone in modern Japanese printmaking - an "Oldie and truly Goodie".
Koichi Sakamoto - Biografie
Fumio Tomita is known to us for wonderful still life images. The artist has exhibited widely in and outside of Japan. His works have been shown at all major galleries for contemporary Japanese prints and in many international art shows. But works by Fumio Tomita are not often to be found on the internet.
Tatsuo Kawashima stands for the best qualities in the long history of printmaking in Kyoto, Japan. For instance technical perfection as the result of an excellent and profound training, and a greater emphasis on tradition towards subjects and techniques. Tatsuo Kawashima had learned the art of printmaking as a carver for ukiyo-e reproductions at Kyoto publisher Uchida Arts, before he started to create his own woodblock prints in 1980.
Kunihiro Amano is a leading Japanese artist of the second half of the 20th century. The designs of his woodblock prints are figural, semi-abstract or abstract compositions in geometrical or natural forms. Many of the artist's images have - more or less visible - sexual symbols integrated.
Amano Kunihiro - Resume
The works of Japanese artists Kazutoshi Sugiura are unique in Japanese art history. His pictures are gems of noble beauty and treasure, as seen in the gold-grounded dreamlike floridity.
Kazutoshi Sugiura - Biography
The American artist Micah Schwaberow, born in Eugene (Oregon), is closely connected to Japanese traditions. He was trained by the great master Toshi Yoshida for more than one year at the Yoshida studios. Today Micah Schwaberow lives and works in Santa Rosa, California.
Micah Schwaberow - Biography
The graphic work of Yuji Hiratsuka is a witty and original synthesis of old Japanese ukiyo-e tradition and modern Western elements and has not only conquered numerous awards in national and international competitions, but also the hearts of an international community of collectors.
Yuji Hiratsuka - Biography