Benji Asada Mid Century Japanese Wood Block Print

Benji Asada Mid Century Japanese Wood Block Print


Benji Asada, c. 1950's, Wood Block Print on Paper, Entitled "Pheasant", 17 1/2" x 11 1/2", Framed with Mat

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Wood block print by Japanese artist, Benji Asada (1899-1984). Entitled, "Pheasant" and engraved and printed by the Uchida Wood Block Printing Co., LTD, in Kyoto, Japan. This print was made c. 1950's and has retained it's vivid colors throughout. Piece is attached to a mat and measures 17 1/2" x 11 1/2". Signed in plate on left side.

Very Good Condition - Minor wear consistent with age and history. Discoloration at top of paper from mat.

Benji Asada Bio

Benji Asada was a painter and printmaker from Kyoto. He was active in Kyoto's and Tokyo's sosaku hanga groups. But he made also several designs of artisan prints in shin hanga style published by Uchida in the 1950s.

First Publication: August 2013

Art Training in Kyoto

Benji Asada is a typical Kyoto painter and printmaker. He had received his art training at the Kyoto City School of Fine Arts and Crafts and the Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting. One of his teachers was Goun Nishimura, a Japanese painter.

Sosaku and Shin Hanga

Benji Asada was active in the circles of sosaku hanga artists in Tokyo and Kyoto in the 1920s and 1930s. But while the artists in Tokyo were either sosaku hanga followers or proponents of theshin hanga idea mentored by the publisher Watanabe, the Kyoto printmakers had no problems working in both methods and styles.

The best known of these Kyoto artists was Tokuriki Tomikichiro, a close friend of Bejin Asada. Tokuriki earned his livelihood by creating designs for woodblock prints for Uchida and other Kyoto publishers. The publishers carvers and printers turned the designs into the final woodblock prints that we know today.

But Tomikichiro's heart was with the prints in sosaku hanga style that he designed, carved and printed himself. But these did not sell, in contrast to the shin hanga prints. Disresepctful towards his own works, Tokuriki called them his artisan prints.

Published by Uchida

Benji Asada was primarily a painter. When it came to prints, he had the same understanding and preferences as his friend Tokuriki Tomikichiro. Collectors will find self-made prints by the artist, and "artisan prints" published by Uchida in the 1950s.

But in contrast to Tokuriki Tomikichiro the number of different print designs by Benji Asada are rather limited.