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Nishijima, Katsuyuki (1945 - Present)

Restaurant at Miyagawa-cho

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 2000
Size (H x W): 13.25 x 18 (inches)
Seals: Nishijima
Edition: 81/500
Signature: Shima in pencil
Condition: Very good color and impression, light mat mark on margin, slight paper wave on margin, light foxing on reverse, small nick top right corner.


About the artist

Katsuyuki Nishijima was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1945. At the age of 19 he began studying woodblock printing with Mikumo publishing house in Kyoto. From 1968 to 1972, Nishijima experimented with stencil dyeing and various forms of printing before focusing on woodblock printmaking in the Sosaku Hanga or “creative print” style.


Katsuyuki Nishijima's prints are exceptionally popular, portraying a romantic, traditional vision of Japan: old buildings with umbrellas, rain, snow and wind, and even a contemporary take on the series Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido. His mastery of intriguing angles and the intricate play of light and color in his work distinguish Nishijima among other contemporary Japanese artists. Katsuyuki Nishijima has exhibited his work throughout Japan, as well as Europe and the United States.