Tachihara Inuki - This reprint is the work of the Japanese woodblock print artist Tachihara Inuki, who dedicated himself to carrying on the traditional methods and materials of ukiyo-e. Self-taught, he studied the original paper, pigments, and printing methods used by Edo era masters, using them to produce his own original works as well as a limited number of reprints of famous ukiyo-e designs, including a small number of masterwork designs by Kuniyoshi and other artists. His woodblocks are exquisite, with exceptionally fine carving and printing. In 1995, the artist changed his name from Katsuhara Shinya to Tachihari Inuki. Born in 1951, Tachihara died of a sudden illness on July 31, 2015, at the age of 64. We acquired this extremely rare reprint directly from the estate of the printer. Tachihara was the subject of a 2015 retrospective exhibition at the Hagi Uragami Museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture, recognizing his incredible skill and artistry and honoring his commitment to carrying on this classic Japanese art form.
Comments - Fantastic scene from the legend of the dragon king, who lives in a palace under the sea. The creature appears above an entrance gate along a stone retaining wall, its tail snaking through the entry and into the water below. A great, limited edition original design by Tachihara Inuki. It comes loose within the original folder as issued by the artist.
Signed - Inuki in pencil in bottom margin
Numbered - 12/50
Artist - Tachihara Inuki (1951 - 2015)
Image Size - 11" x 7 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few tiny spots in margins. Please see photos for details. Otherwise excellent condition.