Hajime Namiki (1947 - )

 

Hajime Namiki was born in 1947 in Tokyo, Japan. He had originally studied the art of sculpture under Shigeru Ogura. Today he is better known by his woodblock prints, which he began to create towards the end of the 1970's.  His works are collections of many public and private institutions; among which, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the White House in Washington, DC.

Woodcarving  by Hajime Namiki
How many people know Namiki started woodcarving first?  He had originally studied the art of sculptor under Shigeru Ogura.  Personally I love birds. So I enjoy Namiki's birds carvings very much. Someday I will introduce Namiki's woodcarvings on the website. He studies about real life, movement of each birds, then he starts to make woodcarvings. He explained that it is very difficult to measure each and different parts of bird. If the head is even a little bit bigger or foot is little bigger, it looks strange. Balancing each part of the work is more difficult than it looks. I think he does a perfect job! Do you think so, too? His bird carvings are so beautiful and shows his warm thoughts and respect for the birds. 


Hajime Namiki at his studio

  

 

Namiki's Key Blocks



 

















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