Posts Tagged ‘woodblock print’

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.



Artist of the moment……..Fumio Fujita



Fumio Fujita is a master Japanese printmaker renown for his landscapes and images of trees. In his later years his focus has been mainly on trees, but in his earlier years he worked with the landscapes and also made wonderful prints of animals.

Fumio Fujita was born in Aichi prefecture, Japan in the year 1933.

The artist attended Musashino College of Fine Arts located in the western part of Tokyo, Japan.

Fujita began producing woodblock prints in 1963.

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Fujita shows a remarkable sense of design always looking for patterns in items such as tree bark and leaves. Overall his work shows a great blend of realism and abstraction.





Artist of the moment………….Katsuyuki Nishijima


Katsuyuki Nishijima is a fantastic artist working with the Japanese woodblock print. Katsuyuki Nishijima was born Yamaguchi, Prefecture in the year 1945.

His favorite subject is the umbrella. The artist also enjoys exploring different patterns and textures of shapes that repeat like the tiles of a roof or the wood grain of an old store sign. Another favorite subject is the shape and patterns of tree leaves and the shadows they create that fall on the ground.

Nishijima began working in the sosaku-hanga style in 1972.

The artist doesn’t include the figure in his artwork.

Price range information: Most prints are available for one thousand dollars or less. The artist is highly collected and works in large, but not open print editions.



Artist of the moment……….Koshiro Onchi


Koshiro Onchi was is sometimes called the father of the sosaku hanga movement. Onchi was renown for his rather abstract style.

Koshiro Onchi was born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1895. His family were aristocrats and Onchi received excellent education.

The artist attended Tokyo School of Fine Arts where he studied painting and sculpture.

Onchi was both a painter and photographer. He also worked in a realist style in addition to his abstract style.

Below we visit a show featuring the work of Koshiro Onchi that took place recently at the Art Institute of Chicago:

Onchi passed away in 1955.

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Over his career, Koshiro Onchi designed more than 1,000 books.

Of his works I prefer the abstracts. These have a great sense of movement and variety of color. The design is simple but beautiful.



Artist of the moment………Kawase Hasui

Kawase Hasui was a fantastic Japanese woodblock artist renown for his images of the landscape. Hasui also painted the figure.

Hasui studied privately with master artist Kiyokata Kaburagi at his studio.

Kawase Hasui was born in 1883 and was part of Shin Hanga movement. He spent some time as an illustrator.

In 1923 a very large earthquake ruined much of his artwork.

In this clip we view a montage of works by Kawase Hasui:

Kawase Hasui passed away in 1953.

Price range information: Prints range from $1,000 to $10,000. The artist worked in watercolor and also painted originals in oils.

What I enjoy most about the work of this master printmaker is the locations of his work. For instance its great to see the imagery by French/ American artist Antoine Blanchard and the work of his daughters. Many times they painted the same location. Its true also of the American Hudson River artists.

Hasui painted a few famous locales, but for the most part he stuck to painting the more rural and quieter scenes of Japan that might be surpassed by the average tourist. Hasui offers us a great idea of day to day life in Japan.



Artist of the moment………..Konen Uehara


Konen Uehara was a Japanese wood block print artist renown or his fantastic landscapes. Konen Uehara was born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1878. Uehara attended the Japan Fine Arts Academy.

Uehara enjoyed mixing in western painting ideas in his work.

The artist was named to a position in government titled the secretary of the National Painting Cultivation Society. Whilst in this post he emphasized a Modernist approach to painting.

The artist was also employed by the Imperial Family. He also did some collaborations with publisher Watanabe Shozaburo.

Konen Uehara passed away in 1940.

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It enjoy the wonderful greys used by the artist in his skies.




Artist of the moment……..Fumio Kitaoka


Fumio Kitaoka was a wonderful Japanese woodblock artist born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1918. Kitaoka was renown for his prints of landscapes.

Kitaoka studied a western style of painting at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. The artist also studied at the Ecole des Beaux Artes located in Parisk France where he studied printmaking and in particular engraving.

Engraving is similar to the Japanese woodblock print but in engraving you cut against the grain. In a traditional Japanese woodblock print you cut with the grain.

Price range information: Works range from $800 to $5,000.

I have seen the prints of forest by this artist. He did a great job at finding patterns in the leaves and foliage in the landscape.


Fumio Kitaoka passed away in 2007.

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Artist of the moment……Kenji Yoshida




Perhaps the most gifted of the abstract artists of the Yoshida family, Kenji Yoshida was born in the year 1935.

Kenji Yoshida is known for his very large abstract paintings that include metallic leaf.

In this clip we view a montage of works by Kenji Yoshida:


In this clip we see the artist explaining some of his large works. I don’t have any idea of what the artist is saying, but he seems very emotional about his work. Like he always paints with lots of positive energy:

Kenji Yoshida has also worked in the animation industry. He founded his own animation studio.

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What wonderful shapes the artist creates in his abstract work. I enjoy the mix of these shapes and use of metallic leaf.

What a wonderfully artistic family!


Artist of the moment…..Joichi Hoshi

Joichi Hoshi was born in Niigata prefecture in the year 1913. For his artistic education Hoshi attended Musashino College of Fine Arts. He was rather old when he graduated, being 50 years of age. Hoshi went to art school but taught himself the fine art of woodblock printing. Hoshi is famous for his trees.

Hoshi was a prize winner at many international print shows including those in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Tokyo, Japan.

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Hoshi was also a teacher, working at Tainan Normal School for more than one decade.

Joichi Hoshi passed away in 1979.

Below we view some winter prints of the artist: