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Japanese Modern/Contemporary Printmaker
Iwami Reika was born in Tokyo in 1927, and graduated from Sunday art program at Bunka Gakuin in 1955. She studied doll making as an apprentice under Hori Ryujo, and was influenced by the work of Onichi Koshiro and printmakers Shinagawa Takumi and Sekino Jun'ichiro. She began exhibiting with Nihon Hanga Kyokai in 1953, and became a member in 1955. In 1957 she cofounded the Joryu Hanga Kyokai, an association of nine professional women printmakers. From 1964 she devoted herself entirely to printmaking, and exhibited at Kokugakai, Joryu Hangakai, CWAJ, Tokyo, Bradford, and Paris Biennale, as well as other venues.
Her prints deal with elements of nature - earth, water, fire, wind, sky - predominately in black and white, with elegant use of gold leaf, embossing, and impressions from driftwood she gathers from the beach near her home in Kanagawa prefecture.