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Sapporo illuminations night view(Sapporo Illumination and Kei)

The stage is “Susukino” (right photo) in Sapporo, where the weather is severe.
Illuminated street corner lights in clear cold air.
The light leaking from the show windows and the neon signboards
I added flower to the row of illuminations.
I tried to express a romantic snowy night with a traditional woodcut

29,800 円(税込)


Production scenery (carving work)

It was a female sculptor who carved this fantasy world into woodblock. (Saiko Nagai, maiden name: Baba) In the fifth year of the training of the sculptor, under the supervision of the teacher Sekioka Ogiori, she worked on it as a graduation subject for the end of the training period. The used woodblock is from mountain cherry tree. In order to make a very fine carving, the woodblock needs to be hard, but it also needs to be supple. Wild cherry tree is suitable as a wood with both characteristics
The original paper is turned upside down and affixed to the wood block, peeled off until it becomes a thin sheet, and then digs up. With a sharp cutter, she first cut all the contours that are convex. Because the cherry blossom trees are hard, it don't pierce deeply with a grip like holding a pen. It requires a lot of concentration and perseverance.

Remove all the concave parts. Use a chisel and a mallet as shown in the photo to boldly sculpt the wide area with a uniform depth. However, it is not necessary to carve 1mm before the cut outline.
After all concave parts are removed, we use a chisel and a mallet as shown in the photo to boldly sculpt the wide area with a uniform depth. However, it is not necessary to carve 1mm before the cut outline. Since the contour is very delicate, remove all the remaining 1mm width with a special engraving knife. This work is called “saraing” because of the scouring action. When this work is completed, the block for the contour line is completed. With this printing block, we also make an original drawing for the color plate. In addition, because it is carved to a very delicate part, it is the most important woodblock.


Carved wood block

The stage where the removal of the wide recess has not been completed yet. The details have been completed. It is white because the original paper is pasted. The state immediately after the slide for making the color plate original drawing. Note that the outline of the show window is finely carved. A slightly oblique photo. The details are carefully carved. The convex part is carved in a trapezoidal shape for consideration of sliding. (To prevent paint accumulation)

Enlarged photo of the rubbed work

The above block corresponds to Kurobe in the work. However, the black outline of the show window does not exist in the work. This is because, after being used as the original drawing of the color plate, all the convex parts were shaved off so that the contour line would not appear at the stage of sliding when creating the work. As a fantasy pattern, we want to eliminate the contour line, and we do that. Although it does not appear in the work, it was not until the engraver's “Shadow Effort” that carved all the outlines of the show window delicately, and the show window without the outline was created.



Artist: Tatsuharu Okamoto

Born in Kyoto in 1964. Lives in Kyoto.
While making full use of digital cameras, personal computers, and printers, carefully producing them in the hand-drawn manner
In 1997, he created digital art with a unique technique for expressing on Japanese paper.
The latest modern tools with the belief that "Ukiyo-e should not be an antique"
It is a painter (painter) that is unique in the world that uses it to draw the world of ukiyo-e.
From boyhood, Ukiyoe prints, especially Hiroshige Utagawa's famous paintings, were greatly influenced.
While depicting a modern landscape, a nostalgic style that is warm and nostalgic
It has a taste and a world view that should be called “Heisei no Hiroshige”.
Mr. Okamoto is also very interested in the traditional woodcut technique by the sculptor / Surushi, so his representative work “Shirahama Shirahama Biichi lively landscape” has been made into a woodcut. did.

Sculptor: Seneki Sekioka

Born in Tokyo in 1957. Currently in Arakawa-ku, Tokyo. Real name: Yusuke Sekioka.
Born in the family of Yosuri-shi, but at the recommendation of the father of the second generation fan, the path of the sculptor from the age of 19
He entered the apprenticeship of Okura Hanbei and trained for 7 years.
Its high skill with 38 years of career is not just carving faithfully in the original,
It has a highly creative technique that can be carved to complement the sweet lines of the original.
In this work, the state of the ocean wave is beautifully expressed by the skill of the teacher.
Not only classic designs such as ukiyo-e, but also new prints such as new prints and modern prints
We are also actively challenging the design carving work.
In addition, he actively accepted disciples for the later generation of engravers.
His family is doing the works now in third generation

Sculptor: Nagae Saeko

  Born in 1983 Maiden name: Saeko Baba
Two years after graduating from high school at Kyoto Traditional Crafts College (current name)
After studying Buddha sculpture, 5 years from April 2010
Sekioka Sengen Trained as a sculptor under his master.
During the training period, the Ukiyo woodblock “Sapporo Illumination Night View”
Master of sculptures such as reprints of Kawase Hasui “Komagata River Bank”
Started under supervision.

Tsuriya: Takuya Okada

Born in 1983. Currently living in Joso City, Ibaraki Prefecture.
After graduating from high school, he studied Buddhist sculpture at Kyoto Traditional Crafts College (current name)
After graduation, he trained as a teacher at Watanabe Wood, and became independent in 2012.
He has a career of about 8 years and has a high level of skill as a grinder.
Watanabe Wood Edition is the publisher of new prints represented by Kawase Hasui.
Has learned many blurring and blurring techniques used in
A new generation who actively works on new techniques in addition to traditional techniques
He is a sushi teacher.
In 2017, in the NHK drama "Kurara-Hokusai no Musume"
Performed a performance as a sushi master performing the first slide off the coast of Kanagawa in Hokusai.



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