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Jun'ichiro Sekino
Contemporary Printmaker
Japanese, (1914–1988)
Sekino Jun'ichiro was born in 1914 in Aomori, Japan. From boyhood he knew Munakata Shiko as a charismatic painter a few years his senior. Sekino made woodblock prints with friends while still in middle school. He studied etching in Aomori with Kon Junzo, and contributed to Chokokuto in 1932 and Shin hanga in 1935. He exhibited with Nihon Hanga Kyokai from 1932.

Jun'ichiro moved to Tokyo in 1939 after winning a 1936 Teiten prize for an etching. He studied etching at the Etching Institute of Nishida Takeo and oil painting and drawing at a private painting school. He studied woodblock print making with Onchi Koshiro and Maekawa Senpan for whom he worked from time to time as a printer. He became a member of the Nihon Hanga Kyokai in 1938 and Kokugakai in 1940. Sekino was represented in international competitions at Tokyo, Northwest, Ljubljana and elsewhere. He won wide acclaim in the United States after World War II for moku-hanga. He travelled to the U.S. in 1958 under the auspices of the Japan America Society, and taught at Oregon State University in 1963. He also taught at Kobe University in Japan in 1965.

Sekino was awarded a medal by the Imperial Household Agency in 1981. He was a prolific printmaker in styles ranging from detailled portraits in the late 1940s and early 1950s to semiabstract prints with greater emphasis on pattern and design after the mid-1950s. Among his late works are Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, Collection of Aomori Folk Toys, Collection of Famous Japan Folk Toys, Old Capital, and Prints of the Narrow Road to the Deep North.

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