The four seasons play a major role in Kazuyuki Ohtsu’s works, and in this print, he has beautifully captured summer utilising four woodblocks for each different colour.
Oze is a preserved wildlife area covering four prefectures in northern Japan. There are many marshes and wild lilies that bloom during the summer.
In collaboration with Hanga Ten, this is part of a series of prints celebrating the works of contemporary Japanese printmakers.
|Dimensions||46 x 22cm|
|Fabric & material||Woodcut|
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Kazuyuki Ohtsu is one of Japan’s most established living woodblock print artists, and his works are currently held in permanent collections worldwide.
Having originally trained under Kiyoshi Saito (1907-1997), a forefather of the sosaku hanga movement and considered one of the finest woodblock artists of the 20th century, he developed his own style of woodblock prints which are appealing in their distinctive imagery of serene and quiet landscapes. Ohtsu's practice often involves travelling to the location of his scenes before embarking on the image. Most of his works utilise four to five woodblock plates, with ten to twelve printing stages.
Ohtsu’s prints bear witness to the long tradition of woodblock printmaking in Japan. Currently, in his early eighties, Ohtsu still produces three to four woodblocks a year.