Jōichi Hoshi – Red Branches (Akai eda)


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Hoshi, Jōichi


(A) Very Fine Condition






Sosaku hanga


Self published


Chu-tanzaku (5.1″x15″)


Plants & Flowers

A cropped view of a horizontal slice of a red tree against a gold background, Hoshi’s unique techniques render astonishing effects with woodblocks, in this case creating branches as if they are on fire while shimmering with the use of gold inks. Incredible depth and majesty while only using tones of two colors.

This print is number 276 in “Joichi Hoshi: Catalogue of All Tree Woodblock Prints” (1988). Pencil signed, sealed in lower right corner of image.

The Woodblock Print

This print measures approximately 5″x14.75″ making it roughly a landscape chu-tanzaku pillar print. This print is in very fine condition with exceptional color, detail, and shine. Full and clear margins, a clean verso. Toning to the margins on the front from where it was previously framed, but a new framing would likely cover this discoloration.

About the Artist

Jōichi Hoshi was born in 1913 in Tokyo, Japan and began studying printmaking in the 1950s. Hoshi is considered a master of the traditional Japanese woodblock print technique, and his work is known for its intricate details and bold use of color, particularly his use of gold in his prints. He has had many solo exhibitions of his work in galleries and museums throughout Japan and internationally.

One of Hoshi’s subjects of interest is trees, which he has depicted in many of his prints. His trees are often depicted in a stylized way, with strong and clean lines, and are known for their elegance and simplicity. He has been able to convey the essence and spirit of the trees in his prints.

Hoshi is considered a part of the sosaku hanga movement, which emerged in Japan after WWII and was characterized by artists creating their own designs, carving their own blocks, and printing the works themselves. He was a member of the Japan Print Association.

Hoshi’s work often features landscapes and cityscapes, as well as images of traditional Japanese culture and daily life. He continues to work as an artist, and his prints are highly sought after by collectors. His use of gold in his prints gives them a special touch of elegance and refinement. He is particularly known for his depictions of trees, which he has captured with great skill and sensitivity. His work has been recognized and exhibited both in Japan and internationally, making him an important figure in the world of printmaking.