Japanese Contemporary Printmaker
Yoshisuke was born in 1939 in Gifu Prefecture, the son of the watercolor painter Funasaka Masayoshi. He graduated in 1962 from the painting division of Tama College of Fine Arts, and began making woodblock prints about 1966. In 1976-1977 he studied in England and the United States under a Japanese government fellowship. He was a member of Nihon Hanga Kyokai from 1969 and Shun'yokai. Yoshisuke exhibited at international print biennales in Pistoia, Ljubljana, Bradford, Grenchen, and Frenchen as well as Tokyo. His early prints were made with linoleum blocks; later woodblocks were combined with silkscreen. From 1957 until the mid-1970s he consistently included the shape of a lemon in his imagery. After abandoning the lemon he combined small brightly colored shapes, printed with woodblocks, onto large areas of silkscreened color.