Woodblock Prints Gallery
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Contemporary Woodblock Prints (Sosaku Hanga)


Azechi Umetaro: (1902-1998) Born in Uwajima, Ehime prefecture; studied painting by correspondence before moving to Tokyo in 1920. Began making prints while working in a government printing office. Largely self taught but encouraged by Hiratsuka, Onchi Koshiro, and Maekawa Senpan for whom he worked as an artisan printer. After WWII, he developed highly individual prints of mountains and mountaineers which are highly regarded today.
 

 

Hashimoto Okiie: (1899-?) Born in Tottori prefecture; studied at Tokyo School of Fine Arts; taught art and then became principal of Tokyo First Womenís High School until he retired in 1955 to devote full time to print making. Known for strong, colorful prints of gardens and castles.


Munakata, Shiko:  (1903-1975) Born in Aomori prefecture.  His block prints are famous for their Buddhist subjects.  Received first prizes at Lugano, in Sao Paulo, and Venice.  He is well recognized for his black and white prints.  He was honored with various medals such as Medal of Honor (1963), Asahi Shinbun culture prize, and Order of Cultural Merit (1970).
 

 
 

Saito Kiyoshi: (1907-1997) Born in Sakamoto, Fukushima prefecture; apprenticed as a sign painter, but sold his business and moved to Tokyo in 1932 to work as an artist. Won first prize in Sao Paulo in 1950 and helped awaken the Japanese establishment to modern prints.  Exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and Europe and still very popular for his Mondrian-influenced prints.
 

Sekino Juní ichiro: (1914-1988) Born in Aomori; knew Munakata; moved to Tokyo in 1939. Won wide acclaim in the U.S. after WWII for moku-hanga. Awarded medal by Imperial Household Agency in 1981. Famous for detailed portraits and semi-abstract prints.
 
 

 

Yamaguchi Susumu: (1897-1983) Born in Nagano prefecture; moved to Tokyo in 1920 and studied art while working as a school watchman.  Later became high school art teacher. Specialized in dramatic mountain landscapes.