Welcome to the first dedicated Japanese woodblock print site in Australia, established in 2003 by Peter and Wivine Winch.We sell antique, rare, limited edition and contemporary genuine Japanese woodblock prints.When looking at Japanese woodblock prints it is also helpful to know a basic outline of the chronology of Japanese history as often they are described by the era of their creation.These are: We stock Japanese woodblock prints from the Ukiyo-e and Shin Hanga periods, as well as a large range of contemporary prints.His series ASANO, TAKEJI was born in Kyoto in 1900 and lived to 1999. During his Life he Created Over 600 Different Woodblock Scenes and he is Recognised as one of Most Prolific and Most Talented of Shin Hanga Artists.In 1930, along with other members of the Creative Print Society, he contributed to a series of prints titled “Creative Prints of Twelve Months in New Kyoto” (Sosaku-hanga shin Kyoto junikagetsu). It is no wonder that a Year Prior to his Death he was Honored with the Title of a Living National Treasure. He was Born in Asakusa, Tokyo, and became a student of Kiyotaka at the Age of 13.What has been documented is that virtually all of his known work was created between 18.
He was an alcoholic and playboy but created excellent scenes of everyday life, Kabuki drama and the beautiful women who had become part of his lifestyle.It is usual for there to be six carved woodblocks for the creation of a single colour print.Woodblock artists paint the entire picture then break it down into pieces which utilise up to a maximum of three colours for each woodblock to be carved.After the master (Toyokuni) died Kunisada was permitted to use the name Toyokuni the third. KUNIYOSHI, UTAGAWA was born in 1797 and died in 1861.It is thought that he trained with Katsukawa Shuntei before he joined the great Utagawa school at 14 years of age.