A very dynamic image by Kaoru Kawano of a large owl staring back at you, beautifully stylized. Sealed and pencil signed by the artist in the lower left corner (most others we’ve seen are without the pencil signature).
The Woodblock Print
This oban-sized woodblock is in excellent condition; margins intact, a clean verso, strong colors. Clean margins and a clean verso. Some overall and even toning to the paper.
About the Artist
Kaoru Kawano was a Japanese printmaker who worked during the Showa period (河野薫, 1926-1989). Born in Hokkaido in 1916, Kawano studied at Kawabata Art School during the 1930s. He gained an international his reputation through successful solo exhibitions in North America and elsewhere. His prints frequently depict children and animals, combining Western-style elements with the tradition of woodblock printmaking. Kawano’s works are also appreciated for the way in which they incorporate the woodgrain of the block into the design.