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Title

Nakamura Tokizō V as Kagaribi, wife of Takatsuna, in "Moritsuna Jinya"


Artist

TSURUYA Kôkei

Japan

1946 -


About

Born into a family of painters, Kôkei spent brief years as an office worker before he began making woodblock prints of kabuki actors in 1978. He taught himself all the necessary printmaking skills with the motto of 'self-learning, self-creating, self-executing'. The extent of his technical skill is evident in his use of ultra-sheer 'ganpi paper', which retains the intensity of the ink but is difficult to work with. All Kôkei's prints depict kabuki actors and he is the official artist of a kabuki theatre. Most of his prints employ the traditional format - 'okubi-e' or 'large head picture'- in which the tension and emotion of the figure are captured by exaggerated facial expressions and hand gestures.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 285.


Details


Other Title

Nakamura Tokizo playing the "onnagata" role of Oto Rokushi


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1986


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodcut with mica


Edition

32/74


Dimensions

38.7 x 25.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink [stamped] " [artist's seal]". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by Yasuko Myer 1987


Location

Not on display


Accession number

353.1987


Artist information

TSURUYA Kôkei

Works in the collection

5


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg. 246-287, Sydney, 1999, 285 (colour illus.0.

Jackie Menzies, The Floating World: Japan's world of transient pleasures, Sydney, 1994. cat.no. K4

Editor Unknown, Reflections: Contemporary Japanese Prints, Newcastle, 1993, [colour illus.]. catalogue no. 11