Tokuriki Tomikichiro

Japanese , 1902 - 1999

Tokuriki Tomikichiro was born in 1902 into a family of Kyoto artists that can be traced back as far as 1596. His first teacher was his grandfather and later he entered the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts. He completed a two- year preparatory class and four years of regular training. He also completed three years of training at the Kyoto College of Art, graduating in 1923.

While he was still attending college, Tomikichiro realized his passion for sosaku hanga prints and with the help of an old carver and printer, he learned to master the process of designing, carving and printing his own works.He produced his first original woodcuts in 1929.

Tomikichiro produced two lines of prints: pastel-like prints of Japanese landscapes and famous places and the sosaku hanga, or creative prints. Tomikichiro traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe and in the 1960’s he opened several exhibitions of his works in major U.S. cities such as, New York, Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
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