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About Masahiko Tokumitsu

Masahiko Tokumitsu 徳光真散彦, was one of the founders of the Independant Print Movement in Japan, a colleague and contemparary of Munakata Shiko. Mr Tokumitsu lived and worked in Hiroshima and was effected by the wartime bombing there, although being out of the city at the time, so was spared the worst effects. He recounted using any scrap of wood he could find beside the road after the war to create mokuhanga(1). Later in his life he was a successful teacher of mokuhanga with many students, including Richard Steiner. He received his teacher's name 思刀 (Shitou - Thoughtful Knives) from his teacher.

He had multiple exhibitions and undertook many commission projects, however did not receive the recognition of some of his contemporary printmakers. After his death his family has chosen to restrict any promotion or sales of his work.(2)

Below is a gallery of some of his works, from the collection of Richard Steiner.

(1) Personal conversation, Richard Steiner, 2011
(2) Personal conversation, Richard Steiner, 2011

 

 

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What is Mokuhanga?

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Detail of traditional print "Haru Nano Higashi Genji" by Kunichika Toyohara

 

Mokuhanga is the traditional water based printing technique, originating in China and perfected in Japan.

A print is created through design, carving blocks for each colour, then printing each colour successively until the print edition is completed.

 

Mokuhanga is the Japanese word for wood block print. The Japanese characters 木版画 are 木 wood, 版 block and 画 picture.

 

In Japan its meaning is the print itself, but in general contemporary use it means both the print and the technique. Mokuhanga is growing in popularity worldwide as learning becomes more accessible to people outside of Japan.

 
 

 

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Mokuhanga is chemical free, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, uses relatively simple hand tools and equipment and requires little space to produce beautiful work. The natural beauty of the materials - wood, pigment and hand-made paper are all retained and enhance each other. A great choice for Artists or any creative person!

 

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Terry McKenna Mokuhanga

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