Sosaku Hanga - The sosaku hanga or creative print movement in Japan began in the early part of the twentieth century. Unlike the traditional collaborative woodblock printing process utilizing a separate artist, carver, and printer along with a publisher, the sosaku hanga movement emphasized artist involvement in designing, carving, and printing the blocks himself, as the sole creator of his work. The movement gained popularity following World War II, earning international acclaim and expanding subject matter to include abstraction. Today most contemporary Japanese print artists design, carve, and print their woodblocks themselves, continuing the vibrant creative tradition established with ukiyo-e. Sosaku hanga prints encompass a wide range of subjects and expressive artistic styles, and are a great choice for a collector interested in modern and contemporary prints.
Comments - Born in England, David Stones first visited Japan in 1971, and on a return trip in 1972 discovered woodblock prints. He studied woodblock printing with Tokuriki and lives and works near Okazaki, Japan.
Signed - David Stone in pencil in bottom margin, dated 1991
Numbered - 36/200
Artist - David Stones (born 1945)
Image Size - 4 1/4" x 14" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.