Posts Tagged ‘tokyo japan’

Artist of the moment……….Minoru Niizuma



Minoru Niizuma was a sculptor renown for his abstract works made of marble. Niizuma often works mixes geometric shapes and organic shapes in his art.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Minoru Niizuma was born in Tokyo, Japan the year 1930. The artist attended college in Tokyo at the National Academy of Fine Arts.

The artist was also a great teacher and he taught at Columbia University and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Although he is renown for his marble works Niizuma also worked with granite and volcanic rock.

Minoru Niizuma passed away in 1998.

Niizuma is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art of Tokyo, Japan and the Guggenheim of New York City.

The artist was a wonderful designer. Niizuma had a great knack for mixing organic and geometric shapes to produce some very unique sculptures.


Artist of the moment……….Yoshio Kanamori



Yoshio Kanamori  was born in Toyama Prefecture , Japan in the year 1922.

Kanamori studied with a print master named Shiko Murakata. The artist also attended the Tokyo School of Fine Arts.

For his subjects recurring themes include flowers, butterflies, birds,  and landscapes showing a low horizon line with emphasis on the sun or moon.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

To achieve his unique and wonderful results the artist sometimes painted on reverse side of in image.

In this clip we view a print in close detail. The work features Kanamori with his signature subjects of a mountainous landscape and a bird:




Artist of the moment…..Toshi Yoshida

Toshi Yoshida was the son of master Japanese printmaker Hiroshi Yoshida. Toshi Yoshida was born in the year 1911 in Tokyo, Japan. Toshi was the oldest son of Hiroshi Yoshida. His mother Fujio was also an artist, both have been profiled here already. Even his grandfather was an artist! So he was born into a perfect environment for an artist to thrive.

The artist began to draw at the age of three. Not scribbles but actual realism.

Another trait inherited from his father, was to travel and make paintings on location and of the sights he visited. Sometimes both artists would visit the same place, such as the teenagers trip abroad with his father to the county of India.

Toshi Yoshida was a famous printmaker and renown for his landscapes and paintings of wildlife.

In this clip we take a closer look at a print of a black panther made by the artist. Also shown are works after his father’s death and his foray into more abstract work:

In this clip a great montage of works by Toshi Yoshida:

In 1980 he opened a printmaking school located in Nagano Prefecture.

Toshi Yoshida passed away in 1995.

Price range information: Most prints priced between $500 and $5,000.

I love the landscapes the most of any works of this artist. His abstract works are very flowing and creative.


Artist of the moment……Koun Takamura

Koun Takamura was an artist born in the year 1852. Koun Takamura was an artist and poet that was renown for a public commissioned work of who many call the last true samurai, Saigo Takamori. Koun Takamura created the statue in 1898. Below is an image of this famous warrior. Koun Takamura is associated with the modernist movement.


Koun Takamura was an apprentice to master sculptor Takamura Toun.

Another important idea for Koun Takamura was to preserve the art of carving in wood. The artist was part of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts faculty where he taught Buddhist style of carving with wood.

Koun Takamura passed away in 1934.

Koun Takamura was the father of the poet and and artist Kotaro Takamura.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $70,000.

In this clip we view a work by Koun Takamura titled  Sakara the King of Water:

And here we view a statue of a monkey by Koun Takamura:

What a talented family of artists! The son Kotaro Takamura will be the next post!


Artist of the moment…..Shoji Hamada

Shoji Hamada was a famous Japanese potter born in the year 1894 in Tokyo, Japan. For his collegiate education Hamada attended the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

A wonderful selection of works by Hamada in this clip. I only wish I knew what the characters meant!

At this school only Hamada and another artist named Kawai Kanjiro where interested in becoming artists who specialized in pottery.

A large influence on the artist was Bernard Leach. Hamada saw Leach’s work and wrote to him seeking in introduction. The two met and became great friends as they had much in common. Hamada worked with Leach for a few years before opening his own shop in Mashiko, Japan. Below are two great examples of the British artist Bernard Leach:

Shoji Hamada was declared a living national treasure in 1955.

Shoji Hamada passed away in 1978.

In this clip we view Shoji Hamada at work on his pottery wheel!

Price range information: Sorry none available. His works sell very well at auction as he is so revered but I was unable to find any actual prices.


Artist of the moment…..Inagaki Tomoo

Inagaki Tomoo was a Japanese printmaker born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1902. Like many other sosaku- hanga artists he was inspired and mentored by Koshiro Onchi and Un-ichi Hiratsuka. Tomoo was a renown printmaker working with many subjects from landscapes, animals, and florals.

For his working process Tomoo would make preliminary drawings using grid lines to make sure items were located with a great sense of design.

Inagaki Tomoo studied with print master Hamada Masuji. He also went to an art high school. After this he opened his own design studio, but this dream was interrupted by the demands of World War Two.

The artist began to have his work published in 1924 appearing in a leading arts magazine titled shi to hanga that featured sosaku- hanga artists and focused on visual arts  (printmaking in particular) and poetry.

Very few print artists during this era were able to make a living entirely from their prints. Inagaki Tomoo worked in a steel factory and also taught art at the high school art.

Tomoo is renown for his prints of animals. Tomoo was  legendary for his portrayal of cats. The artist worked with other animals, but his cats are the most renown. He began to print them in the 1950s.

Tomoo flourished the most in his career in the 1950s.

Inagaki Tomoo passed away in 1980.

Price range information: Works range from $500 to $5,000.

Love those cats!


Artist of the moment…..Kazuyuki Ohtsu

Kazuyuki Ohtsu was born in the year 1935 in Izesaki City, Gunma Prefrecture, Japan. For many years he worked in the shadow of the master artist Kiyoshi Saito, profiled here already. Once Saito passed away in 1998, Ohtsu jumped into his long awaited spotlight. But in the Asian culture it is very important to be loyal to your master and give him your service.

The artist learned about printing at the Umera Hanga studio in Tokyo, Japan.

Price range information: Works range from $250 to $2,000.

Ohtsu has a calender out for 2014. Very encouraging work.