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Funasaka Yoshisuke (舩坂 芳助, b. 1939, Gifu Prefecture) is a classical master of modern Japanese abstract art, still actively involved in printmaking as of 2012. He practices a style of geometric-like abstraction in pleasant, strong or pastel colors. For nearly 20 years, Funasaka used to place hidden or more visible shapes of lemons into his designs. At some time in the mid 1970s, however, he abandoned his lemon "trademark". Originally trained in oil painting, Funasaka is largely a self-taught printmaker who uses a variety of printmaking techniques, often in combination, including woodblock and silkscreen. Funasaka has been awarded numerous prizes at international print fairs and his work is held by many major museums, including the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, British Museum and the Smithsonian Institution.
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