Katsuyuki Nishijima – Scholar (owl)

Out of stock

Additional information

Artist

Nishijima, Katsuyuki

Condition

(A+) Excellent Condition

Date

1960s-1970s

Edition

Unknown

Movement

Sosaku hanga

Publisher

Self published

Size

Oban (10"x15")

Subjects

Birds / Beasts

This oban-sized woodblock is an anomaly. Katsuyuki Nishijima’s art is almost entirely stylized landscapes; we can’t find any record of this print of an owl entitled “scholar”. A stunning image with beautiful color.

The Woodblock Print

This oban-sized woodblock is in excellent condition; great color, no discolorations, clean margins and a clean verso.

About the Artist

Katsuyuki Nishijima was born in 1945 in Yamaguchi Prefecture. He began studying woodblock printing with Mikumo publishing house in Kyoto at the age of 19. Early in his career he experimented with stencil dyeing and various forms of printing before focusing on woodblock printmaking in the Sosaku Hanga or “creative print” style.

Katsuyuki Nishijima’s work is popular and accessible, portraying a romantic, traditional vision of Japan: old buildings with umbrellas, rain, snow and wind, and even a contemporary take on the series “Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido” by Hiroshige. His mastery of intriguing angles and the intricate play of light and color in his work distinguish Nishijima among Japanese contemporary woodblock print artists.