by Seiko Kawachi (born 1948)
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.
Seiko Kawachi - Seiko Kawachi began experimenting with printmaking while studying oil painting at the Tama Art University. He initially worked in silkscreen and lithography, turning mainly to woodblock prints after joining the Nihon Hanga Kyokai in 1976. Kawachi exhibits internationally and has won many awards for his prints, and his works are in museum collections around the world, including the British Museum and the State Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow, Russia. These colorful designs have a spontaneous, painterly quality, with sketch-like drawing and fresh color. Each limited edition woodblock is pencil signed and numbered either A. P. (Artist's Proof) or P. P. (Printer's Proof). A nice choice for a collector of contemporary Japanese sosaku hanga.
Numbered - A. P. (Artist's Proof)
Artist - Seiko Kawachi (born 1948)
Image Size - 9 1/2" x 8 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Some prints have a few small spots. Please see photos for details. Generally in nice condition overall.
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