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Ansei Uchima

Autumn Insects by Ansei Uchima

Autumn Insects by Ansei Uchima

Three Sphere Space Violet Number Two by Ansei Uchima

Three Sphere Space Violet Number Two by Ansei Uchima

Cube and Distance by Ansei Uchima

Cube and Distance by Ansei Uchima

From Space Series (B) by Ansei Uchima

From Space Series (B) by Ansei Uchima

Rain In The Mountains by Ansei Uchima

Rain In The Mountains by Ansei Uchima

Footsteps of Winter by Ansei Uchima

Footsteps of Winter by Ansei Uchima

Narcissus by Ansei Uchima

Narcissus by Ansei Uchima

Ansei Uchima is a Japanese artist specializing in woodblock prints that combines Eastern and Western art forms. Originally born in California in 1921, he didn’t move to Japan until he was 19. He went to school and studied traditional Japanese printmaking, as well as painting. It wasn’t until after World War II that he was introduced to creative print movement or, sosaku hanga, when working as a translator for an American print collector, Oliver Statler.

During his time in the school for creative prints, he carved, printed and inked on woodblocks. He enjoyed being able to craft something unique, even when accidents happened on the outside of the blocks. Beginning in 1957, he made his first prints. Each was made from inspirations in the world around him. Returning to the U.S. in 1959, he chose to work on abstract expressionism. One of the biggest things that stood out about him was that he would use specialty Japanese paper made just for him through a Japanese papermaker, Ichibei Iwano.

He has many collections that are shown in various museums. Some of them include the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago, British Museum, Brooklyn Museum, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. His work is also found in many art books that are widely available in art institutes and bookstores across the globe. 

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