I will update some new 2017 Nishijima prints after I return. Nishijima already started to create new prints for 2018.
In addition, Nishijima is working on new monochrome black and white prints. He said that he started working on these prints three years ago. There are two sizes: small prints and oban size prints. There are no colors, simply only black and white. I could see his passion for this new profound project. I will introduce some samples below, these prints are still work in progress. They are very striking and neat. Nishijima loves Hakubyo-ga (white monochrome drawings); so he wanted to create something like that. He tries to accentuate very clean and neat details compared to other artist's traditional black and white prints like the blush paintings. They are very beautiful and very "Nishijima style." They will be published in next spring.
I am also excited to introduce new black and white prints next year.
When I was reading an old art magazine, I found an interesting short essay by J. Sekino. Mr. Sekino was attending a big party. He was elated because a very attractive woman sat next to him.
He introduced himself to this lady, she replied with, “ I know you, Mr. Sekino you create many grave prints. You are that artist.” He did not expect this reply. He thought that she didn't know about the artist “Junichiro Sekino.” It made him so happy that from then on he just kept producing woodblock prints with the grave subject. I read how his personality was cute and humorous. I was really intrigued and humored by this little excerpt from his life. It is very interesting to find out little things about artists that we might have never known!
Sorry, they are not for sale.
Miyamoto produced wonderful woodblock prints for the world heritage registration promotion for Munakata Taisha Shrine. Munakata Taisha is a collection of three Shinto shrines located in Munakata, Fukuoka prefecture, Japan. His woodblock prints show the best image of his home city. It shows the beauty of Munakata city with his great technique. I love his artwork because his artwork is incredibly beautiful with very elegant taste. He is a well known great oil painting artist as well. Now he is working to help promote his home city and traditional Japanese woodblock which he loves most. I just wanted to share his passion with you.
Six scenes of Munakata;
Ed 100, Size; 27.0 x 35.5 cm (10.60 x 14 inches)
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Miyamoto and Mayor of Munakata city in the Yomiuri newspaper.
We all wish you a happy holiday season our sincere thanks for your goodwill and loyalty
throughout the past year we look forward to meeting you next year!!