Archive for September 6, 2015

Artist of the moment…….Shuzo Ikeda

 

Shuzo Ikeda was a Japanese woodblock artist renown for his imagery of children. Shuzo Ikeda was born in Aikita prefecture, Japan in the year 1922.

One great aspect about the art of Shuzo Ikeda is his use of wood grain pattern that appears in finished works. Many Japanese printmakers use this idea and the viewer can see that wood patterns can be found in reflections of bodies and water. Very innovative use of the surface.

Shuzo Ikeda passed away in 2004.

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The artist reminds of Disney master Mary Blair. Both artists created imagery of kids at play.

Another artist with a somewhat similar use of subject matter is the American painter Margaret Keane. Recently a movie about Keane was released called “Big Eyes.” This movie by Tim Burton is a great movie about art and how Margaret Keane’s husband got her to believe for a period of time it was better for the world and themselves if the everyone thought he was the painter rather than her. A true story also!

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Artist of the moment……..Hayashi Waichi

 

 

Hayashi Waichi is a Japanese printmaker renown for his work with flowers. Hayashi Waichi was born in Shizoka prefecture in the year 1951.

Waichi attended the Kanazawa Arts and Crafts College located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan.

Waichi enjoys working in many mediums including painting, printmaking, ceramics, and pottery.

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As with most woodblock artists Waichi shows a wonderful sense of design in his art. Waichi also does a great job at controlling his use of the color red. Not too much, not too little, always the right amount.

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