'Ryoanji Temple in Spring Rain' Zen Rock Garden in Kyoto
This beautiful woodblock depicts the Rock Garden at Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto on a rainy day. It is Japanese in its origins and it bears the seal of the artist. It is a mid-century woodblock, and the artist is likely Tokuriki Tomikichiro (1902-2000), whose partial cipher matches this seal. It presents like his work, particularly his mid-century modern woodblocks, which were edgy, very modern in presentation and it set him apart from the styles preceding the mid-century. Tokuriki was always reinventing himself as an artist and his modern works are exceptional and consistent with this rain print. This woodblock is finely double-matted in creamy white and green mats, and professionally framed in a silver and black frame. The print sight size is 9.5" x 12", and the frame measures 16" x 19". It is in fine condition and it presents beautifully. P8263 $325.00
Tokuriki Tomikichiro (1902-2000) woodblock prints are an important bridge between the two great movements of Japanese art in the early twentieth century; shin hanga and sosaku hanga. Like the classic shin hanga masters of the day, Tokuriki designed many woodcuts of landscapes and city views in the traditional manner. Yet he actively promoted sosaku-hanga (creative prints) in Kyoto, which emphasized the artist's participation in the entire process of printmaking and the exploration of more modern styles and trends.
After WWII Tokuriki set up his own publishing company called Matsukyu and began to teach block-carving to artisans and artists, many of them foreigners. He also wrote extensively on the technique of woodblock carving and printing. He traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe and in the 1960s he opened several exhibitions of his works in major U.S. cities such as, New York, Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.