by Gijin Okuyama (born 1934)
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.
Gijin Okuyama - Born in 1934, Gijin Okuyama is the son of the famous shin-hanga and sosaku hanga printmaker Gihachiro Okuyama, from whom he learned to carve blocks. Gijin was in charge of carving at his father's printmaking studio, Okuyama Hanga Kobo, and took over management of the business in 1973 when his father retired. Gijin created around 50 woodblock prints of his own, depicting scenes from everyday life along with landscapes, many in monochromatic black and white. He signs his prints with both "Gijin" and "Yoshito." His handsome designs are rarely seen on the market and are a nice choice for a sosaku hanga collector.
Comments - Signed Pencil signed Yoshito Okuyama in bottom margin
Artist - Gijin Okuyama (born 1934)
Image Size - 17 3/4" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight creasing at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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