Pencil signed, printed in 1961. Numbered 10/50.
The Woodblock Print
This rare sosaku-hanga print is oversized as a dai-oban and printed on incredibly fine handmade paper. The color is rich and intact, comprising of white, blue, and black inks. Pencil signed and numbered in the bottom margin with the artist’s stamp on the lower left corner of the print. Unable to find any other copies of this print for sale or at auction.
Due to size this print will ship in a tube.
About the Artist
Gyojin Murakami was born in Inoshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, on March 1st of 1911. While working for the Hitachi Shipbuilding Company in Hiroshima he trained himself as an amateur painter, and this continued after he had moved to Kobe to work for the JR Takatori Company. As a painter he made both oil paintings and Japanese-style paintings. After the war he felt he had been given a second chance at life and he started using his artist’s name (Gyojin, literally “Dawn person”).
When the Minatogawa temple in Kobe was being rebuilt in Kobe after the war, the great printmaker Shiko Munakata asked him to join in the project of decorating the ceiling of the prayer room. He became Munakata’s pupil and joined the Banga-in, founded by Munakata in 1952, and since 1984 better known as the Nihon Hanga-in. He started to live in Akashi city (west of Kobe), near the sea, and the theme of the sea is a recurrent theme in his work.