Japanese woodblock print Hajime Namiki (B. - 1947): Tree Scene 125.

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Japanese woodblock print

Hajime Namiki (B. - 1947): Tree Scene 125.

Artist/Title: Hajime Namiki (B. - 1947): Tree Scene 125

Date: 2007

Medium: Woodblock Print

Size/Format: The print image measures 12 X 16 cm plus margins

Edition: Limited Edition #290/300

Condition: The print is in excellent, never framed condition. It is signed and sealed by the artist

The art of Hajime Namiki can be considered a tree cult. Trees are a central motif in his work. And trees made Hajime Namiki famous.

Hajime Namiki was born in 1947 in Tokyo. In 1965 he began studying sculpture as a student of the legendary artist Shigeru Ogura. Namiki had to spend long hours in Ogura's studio. In 1974 Namiki became a member of the Japanese Association of Sculptors and since then he has had several works displayed at important exhibitions.

The sophistication of his work in the subtle art of color woodblock printing was not recognized until about 1978. Within a short time Namiki mastered the traditional processes of printmaking.

Namiki looks for new paths within the traditional process of creating prints. He loves to limit his color palette to nuances of unique colors or he creates low key contrast to lift the subject matter from the environment. Namiki also creates a special effect using a golden and silver leaf background, on which he arranges the print in oil based colors.