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Kimono – Kintaro – Diptych

Kintaro - translated as “Golden Boy” - is a folklore boy known for his strength and friendship with animals. His image has appeared throughout the centuries in all forms of art from ukiyo-e to manga.

Here, Katsunori Hamanishi utilises Kintaro’s image of riding on a carp, a symbol of luck and fortune, as a motif on a hanging kimono. The kimono in the back is detailed with images of traditional children’s toys. The colours in the kimonos and the red hanging strings beautifully contrast against the velvety black background of the mezzotint technique.

In collaboration with Hanga Ten, this is part of a series of prints celebrating the works of contemporary Japanese printmakers.

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Artwork details

Dimensions 74 x 101cm
Fabric & material Mezzotint

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Service Update (updated 19 March 2020)

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Updated 19 May 2020

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Product story

Katsunori Hamanishi is a master of mezzotint printmaking, the most demanding of printing techniques, and is considered to be one of the leading artists in this field, internationally. While mezzotint printing was invented in Germany in the 17th Century, it was the Japanese contemporary artist Yozo Hamaguchi (1909-2000) who developed a technique for colour mezzotint. Hamanishi succeeds Hamaguchi as the living master of mezzotint and has enhanced this technique further with his own set of colours and styles. His subjects, whether they be aspects of nature or architecture – are presented in a three-dimensional form on paper. More recently, he has added metal plates or gold or silver leaf to his compositions, bringing a bright touch to his interesting images and lifting the mood of a typical mezzotint.