Japanese contemporary printmaking
Ito Takumi is president of the Japanese Print Society a leading contemporary Japanese printmaker. His style builds upon traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock printing aesthetics and fuses them with the priciples of the modern Sosaku Hanga movement where the prints are self-designed, self-carved, and self-printed.
Born in Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, many of Itow’s woodblock prints explore the world of local Matsuri festivals and Japanese Mingei folk crafts as well as the literature of the Japanese author Miyazawa Kenji. Inspired by the beauty and his love for these things, his prints evoke the playful spirit of Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock printing. In addition, his prints of Japanese landscapes and wild flowers express the warm feelings of the Japanese countryside.
Ito’s prints have been exhibited around the world, including an exhibition every two years at the Odakyu Fine Art Gallery in Shinjuku, Tokyo. His prints of Japanese Matsuri Festivals have been featured in exhibitions at the Library of Congress and the Peabody Essex Museum as well as on Japan Post postage stamps.
From: Japan Arts and Crafts http://japanartsandcrafts.com/itotakumi.html
Takumi Ito graduated from Hosei University in 1968. He has had solo exhibitions at Odakyu Department every other year since 1979. He has been a member of Nihon Hanga-kai since 1980 and now the president of the association. He received the Education Ministry award in 1988. He has been active in teaching woodblock printing and published an instruction book in 2002.