(Japan 1946 – )
39.7 x 24.9 cm
Kokei has revived the 'ukiyo-e' tradition of depicting individual actors in specific performances. He does his own drawing, blockcutting and printing, unlike in traditional practice where the artist did only the drawing. While consistent with the conventions of 'ukiyo-e', the prints have a compelling power and a certain malevolence that generates an unease at odds with the purely visual pleasure of traditional 'ukiyo-e' prints.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.256.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Floating World', Sydney, 2003, 256 (colour illus.).
Japanese prints of the 20th century, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Jun 1990–12 Aug 1990