Monday, 28 May 2012

Katsuyuki Nishijima

It's no secret that I absolutely adore Japan; culturally and visually. And visually one of my favourite things about Japan is the art from the ukiyo-e period, several hundred years ago. Even better is my discovery of Katsuyuki Nishijima, as posted on It's Nice That, who has a slightly more modern take on the traditional print-style but retains the beautiful imagery that can only be Japan.

 “Stylistically the artist, who was born in 1945, is influenced by a particular genre of Japanese woodblock printing used between the 17th and 20th centuries called Ukiyo-e, which literally translates as ╩╗floating world╩╝. Intensely crafted, masterfully coloured and, with its familiar tones and graphic outlines, the dramatically composed scenes are not unlike the bold imagery of golden age comics.” – It's Nice That

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