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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

US$ 298(each)

 

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.

 

Nihonbashi Night View



   ■21th century Nihonbashi (Tatuharu)

           US$ 298 each 

A long time ago when Tokyo was called Edo,
Nihonbashi was a center of Edo. Many Ukiyo-e artists such as Hiroshige, Hokusai, Hasui have made Nihonbashi a subject for woodblock print (Ukiyo-e).


■20th century Nihonbashi (Hasui)

■19th century Nihonbashi (Hiroshige)

The night view was also a subject they want to represent, and they drew many mysterious works for night view individually.
In these latter days, an expressway runs across over the Nihonbashi, and it makes a desolated view around there.
But, Tatuharu has turned the situation to the advantage. He drew a night view picture of the real Nihonbashi that found artistry in such a desolated scenery. His design become the modern times Ukiyo-e through Shokunins (Super Technicians) taking over traditional woodblock print technic since Edo.

 

The current Nihonbashi is carved up to the details by Horishi, and the night view is made superimposed print emotionally by Surishi.

The Statue of Giraffe

Illuminations under the expressway

 (This Work)

 (Actual Photo)

  (Actual Photo)         (This Work)

According to traditional production technique in Japanese woodblock print, it is made by three persons working together.
One is Eshi who is artist to draw picture. Two is Horishi who is super technician to carve woodblocks.
Three is Surishi who is super technician to print from the carved woodblocks. Let me introduce Eshi, Horishi, and Surishi who engaged for this production as follows.

 

Eshi: Tatuharu Okamoto

He was born in Kyoto in 1964 and lives in Kyoto.
In 1997, he invented a digital-art by his original technic, produced with the point of freehand drawing carefully on a Washi (Japanese traditional paper), making full use of PC, digital camera and printer. He is the painter who is unique in the world, as he can draw the world of the Ukiyo-e using the modern latest tool, while having his opinion “Ukiyo-e should not been antique”.
From childhood, he was highly influenced by Ukiyo-e, especially Hiroshige Utagawa’s landmark pictures. And, he has the view of world should be called “Hiroshige of the Heisei era”, warm and slightly nostalgic style are his characteristic, even representing modern landscape.
As he is also very interested in traditional technique of woodblock print by Horishi and Surishi, it was able to become the woodblock print from the one of his representative works.

 

Horishi: Senrei Sekioka

He was born in Tokyo in 1957 and lives in Arakawa, Tokyo. Senrei is his professional name, his own name is Yuusuke.
He was born in family of the Surishi, but his father of 2nd Senrei recommend to become Horishi.
So, he has become a pupil of Horishi master: Hanbei Okakura 7 years since 19 years old.
As he has high technique with 38 years long career, not only he can carve on the original picture faithfully, but also he can carve very creative making up for the sweet line of the original picture.
In this work, the situation of the sea wave is expressed beautifully by his technique.
He is challenging carving work actively not only for classical design such as a Ukiyo-e, but also for modern design such as Shin-Hanga and Modern Hanga.
He is also making effort for the education of the pupil for the next generation’s Horishi.
So, he was given the professional name “3rd Senrei” on October 2013.

 

Surishi: Takuya Okada

He was born in 1983 and lives in Jyousou city of Ibaraki Prefecture.
He had learned wood carving art of Buddhist statue at Traditional Arts College of Kyoto.
After the graduation, he has engaged in Surishi belonged to S.Watanabe Color Print Co.
In 2012, he independent from S.Watanabe and he has been Surishi on his own.
He has 8 years career, and he has obtained high technique of Surishi from S.Watanabe Color Print Co, which is famous for publisher of Shinhanga represented by Hasui Kawase. A lot of Surishi’s printing techniques including gradation and roughish are used in Shinhanga.
In this work, he proposed to introduce scattering and sticking technic using gold and platinum powders to represent atmosphere for the beautiful white beach. He is a new generation Surishi who are using traditional technic as Shinhanga and introducing a new technic on his work actively.

Lively White Beach at Shirarahama in Kishuu Heisei famous views

In the height of midsummer, on the beach crowded with a lot of sea bathers,
you might hear the sound of the waves and bustle of enjoying sea bathing from this work.

Here is Shirarahama beach in Wakayama prefecture which area was called Kisuu in old days.
Shirarahama beach is one of the most famous beach in Kinki area of present Japan,
and this is one of the works in Kisuu series drown by Tatuharu Okamoto of Eshi.
This is the first woodblock print which is made from beach landscape,
so this is the art of beach you have never seen before in woodblock print.

US$ 298 each

 

A lot of beach umbrellas are represented very detail and delicate carving which is amazing handmade technic by Horishi,
and they are put on individual colors in correctly.

 

In order to represent sand situation on the white beach, Surishi used special painting technic which is scattering and sticking powders using gold and platinum.
It is making a fascinated atmosphere of the white beach, because the reflection of the sand particle (gold and platinum) is changed by a point of view to watch.

 

According to traditional production technique in Japanese woodblock print, it is made by three persons working together.
One is Eshi who is artist to draw picture. Two is Horishi who is super technician to carve woodblocks.
Three is Surishi who is super technician to print from the carved woodblocks. Let me introduce Eshi, Horishi, and Surishi who engaged for this production as follows.

 

Eshi: Tatuharu Okamoto

He was born in Kyoto in 1964 and lives in Kyoto.
In 1997, he invented a digital-art by his original technic, produced with the point of freehand drawing carefully on a Washi (Japanese traditional paper), making full use of PC, digital camera and printer. He is the painter who is unique in the world, as he can draw the world of the Ukiyo-e using the modern latest tool, while having his opinion “Ukiyo-e should not been antique”.
From childhood, he was highly influenced by Ukiyo-e, especially Hiroshige Utagawa’s landmark pictures. And, he has the view of world should be called “Hiroshige of the Heisei era”, warm and slightly nostalgic style are his characteristic, even representing modern landscape.
As he is also very interested in traditional technique of woodblock print by Horishi and Surishi, it was able to become the woodblock print from the one of his representative works.

 

Horishi: Senrei Sekioka

He was born in Tokyo in 1957 and lives in Arakawa, Tokyo. Senrei is his professional name, his own name is Yuusuke.
He was born in family of the Surishi, but his father of 2nd Senrei recommend to become Horishi.
So, he has become a pupil of Horishi master: Hanbei Okakura 7 years since 19 years old.
As he has high technique with 38 years long career, not only he can carve on the original picture faithfully, but also he can carve very creative making up for the sweet line of the original picture.
In this work, the situation of the sea wave is expressed beautifully by his technique.
He is challenging carving work actively not only for classical design such as a Ukiyo-e, but also for modern design such as Shin-Hanga and Modern Hanga.
He is also making effort for the education of the pupil for the next generation’s Horishi.
So, he was given the professional name “3rd Senrei” on October 2013.

 

Surishi: Takuya Okada

He was born in 1983 and lives in Jyousou city of Ibaraki Prefecture.
He had learned wood carving art of Buddhist statue at Traditional Arts College of Kyoto.
After the graduation, he has engaged in Surishi belonged to S.Watanabe Color Print Co.
In 2012, he independent from S.Watanabe and he has been Surishi on his own.
He has 8 years career, and he has obtained high technique of Surishi from S.Watanabe Color Print Co, which is famous for publisher of Shinhanga represented by Hasui Kawase. A lot of Surishi’s printing techniques including gradation and roughish are used in Shinhanga.
In this work, he proposed to introduce scattering and sticking technic using gold and platinum powders to represent atmosphere for the beautiful white beach. He is a new generation Surishi who are using traditional technic as Shinhanga and introducing a new technic on his work actively.

Stair Lane on Route 339 in Tugaru Tappizaki

 

Such a woodblock-print you have never seen before!

 

This video is procedure how to
make woodblock print which is
the first product of our company,
Ukiyomokuhan.
Our products are made by Shokunin
who is super technician taking over
Japanese traditional technic since
200 years ago.
It is completed through a lot of
handmade processes, and these
delicate and fine works are making
amazing characteristic you have
never seen in any other kind of arts.

 

Here is Tappizaki in Tugaru located at the north end of Honshuu island in Japan.
The Route 339 at the cape of Tappizaki have unique sightseeing place called “Kaidan Kokudou”. In this place, the road is Stair lane impassable for vehicles, even though National highway.
It is represented the view from the place in sunset ocean and sky, very beautiful with traditional woodblock technic. “ How do these kids feel watching the north ocean getting to be orange? They may miss their family when they feel the twilight…”
This is also such a nostalgic art which makes you remember the old memory when you are child.
 
SIZE : W 23.8 / H: 34.0 (cm)

US$ 298 each

 

 

The sunset ocean wave is represented by Horishi technic with very delicate, but very boldly.
You might think it is impossible to carve woodblock by hand to make it.
But, it is actually existing the unique world in woodblock using the amazing technic by hand.

 

Surishi has special gradation technic to describe the sky turned to red, and for Green color in leaves and trees.
Surishi make it possible due to print several times superpose.

 

According to traditional production technique in Japanese woodblock print, it is made by three persons working together.
One is Eshi who is artist to draw picture. Two is Horishi who is super technician to carve woodblocks.
Three is Surishi who is super technician to print from the carved woodblocks.
Let me introduce Eshi, Horishi, and Surishi who engaged for this production as follows.

 

Eshi: Tatuharu Okamoto

He was born in Kyoto in 1964 and lives in Kyoto.
In 1997, he invented a digital-art by his original technic, produced with the point of freehand drawing carefully on a Washi (Japanese traditional paper), making full use of PC, digital camera and printer.
He is the painter who is unique in the world, as he can draw the world of the Ukiyo-e using the modern latest tool, while having his opinion “Ukiyo-e should not been antique”.
From childhood, he was highly influenced by Ukiyo-e, especially Hiroshige Utagawa’s landmark pictures.
And, he has the view of world should be called “Hiroshige of the Heisei era”, warm and slightly nostalgic style are his characteristic, even representing modern landscape.
As he is also very interested in traditional technique of woodblock print by Horishi and Surishi, it was able to become the woodblock print from his representative work “Stair lane on Route 339 in Tugaru Tappizaki”.

 

Horishi: Senrei Sekioka

He was born in Tokyo in 1957 and lives in Arakawa, Tokyo. Senrei is his professional name, his own name is Yuusuke.
He was born in family of the Surishi, but his father of 2nd Senrei recommend to become Horishi.
So, he has become a pupil of Horishi master: Hanbei Okakura 7 years since 19 years old.
As he has high technique with 38 years long career, not only he can carve on the original picture faithfully, but also he can carve very creative making up for the sweet line of the original picture.
In this work, the situation of the sea wave is expressed beautifully by his technique.
He is challenging carving work actively not only for classical design such as a Ukiyo-e, but also for modern design such as Shin-Hanga and Modern Hanga.
He is also making effort for the education of the pupil for the next generation’s Horishi.
So, he was given the professional name “3rd Senrei” on October 2013.

 

Surishi: Yuusuke Hayashi

He was born in 1980. He is a super technician belonged to S.Watanabe Color Print Co.
He had learned wood carving art at Traditional Arts College of Kyoto, but he has engaged in Surishi since he entered the S.Watanabe Color Print Co after graduation.
He has 7 years career, and he has obtained high technique for Surishi.
S.Watanabe Color Print Co is famous for publisher of Shinhanga represented by Hasui Kawase.
A lot of Surishi’s printing techniques including gradation and roughish are used in Shinhanga.
In this work, this gradation technic is made use of red color in sunset sky and Green color in leaves and trees.
As he is belonged S.Watanabe Color Print Co., he can make use of the expression method.

 

 

 

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