Nicely Framed by the Mickelson Gallery in Washington D. These prints make a lovely set. I don’t know the dates of these prints, but I would think 1950s or 1960s. The framed pieces measure 15 x 11. Condition seems to be excellent. I detect no notable flaws. Information about the artist. Tomikichiro Tokuriki was born March 22, 1902, in Kyoto, Japan. The first teacher of the young Tomikichiro was his grandfather. Later he entered the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts with a two-year preparatory class and four years of regular training, and later a three year training at the Kyoto College of Art. He graduated from Kyoto Art College in 1923. Tomikichiro Tokuriki died in 1999 in Kyoto. Passion for Sosaku Hanga. While still at college, the young artist discovered his passion for sosaku hanga prints. A movement that had spread from Tokyo to Kyoto. With the assistance of an old carver and an Ukiyo-e. Printer, Tomikichiro Tokuriki learned everything to master the complete process of design, carving and printing himself. Later he joined the Hanga Association and met other artists of the sosaku hanga movement like Hiratsuka. Kihachiro Shimozawa, Hide Kawanishi. Two Artists in One. Tokuriki Tomikichiro produced two lines of prints. There were the sosaku hanga. Prints, meaning creative prints , which were his real passion. And then there was his bread and butter art – or maybe we should better call it his rice and tea art. Pastel-like prints in soft colors with scenes of Japanese landscape and famous places. It is hard to believe! These are the prints for which he is popular. And these Tomikichiro prints in shin hanga. Style are neither kitschy nor poorly made, but wonderful, solid designs in traditional Japanese style. But let’s speak the artist for himself. I’d rather do nothing but creative prints, but after all, I sell maybe ten of them against two hundred for a publisher-artisan print. While the artist published his creative hanga-style prints himself, the artisan-prints were published by Uchida, Unsodo and other Kyoto publishers. Tokuriki Tomikichiro was, by the way, also an avid collector of ancient ukiyo-e. Traveling to the US and Europe. Like so many Japanese artists of the twentieth century – Hasui Kawase. For instance – also Tomikichiro Tokuriki went on extensive travels throughout Europe and the United States. In the sixties, he opened several exhibitions of his artworks in major US cities like Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. And of course, he used his trips abroad to make sketches. Tomikichiro Tokuriki as a Teacher. Tokuriki Tomikichiro represented the thirteenth generation of artists in his family. He lived in a two hundred year old house, not far away from the Imperial Palace, with a large garden with cherry trees. In the compound of his two hundred year old residence, he also had his studio where he worked and taught his students – among them many from overseas. Some of them became famous artists themselves like David Kelly. Tokuriki Tomikichiro used to say. Fate made me an artist, but I made myself a hanga artist. The item “Tomikichiro Tokuriki, Set of 4 Japanese Woodblock Prints, Nicely Framed” is in sale since Sunday, December 8, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Prints”. The seller is “fanoffubaoshi” and is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Primary Material: Paper
- Age: Post-1940
- Featured Refinements: Japanese Woodblock Print
- Type: Paintings, Scrolls & Prints
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Region of Origin: Japan