Japanese Woodblock Prints

31 Flavors Invading Japan/Today’s Special


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31 Flavors Invading Japan/Today’s Special
: Masami Teraoka (1936-)
Circa : 1980-82
Size: 11″ x 16.5″
Condition: Fine impression, color and condition.

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31 Flavors Invading Japan/Today’s Special, 1980–1982 Thirty-five-color woodcut printed from hand-carved blocks of cherry wood with natural dyes and with additional hand-coloring on handmade Hosho paper. This is an Artist’s Proof from the original numbered edition of 500, plus 33 proofs. Carved and printed under the direction of Tadakatsu Takamizawa by Hanpei Okura and Kanjiro Sato respectively at the Ukiyo-e Research Center in Tokyo, Japan. Published by Space Gallery, Los Angeles, California. Sheet and image: 11 1/16 x 16 9/16 inches

Masami Teraokawas born in 1936 in Onomichi, Japan. He studied art at the Kwansei Gakuin University in Kobe, Japan and at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. Teraoka mixes traditional ukiyo-e style elements with more contemporary issues of the day, such as the increasing reliance on Personal Computers and AIDS. Best known for his paintings, Teraoka uses watercolors to “mimic woodblock prints”. He does, however have a limited number of works done by various printmaking techniques. The only true woodblock prints he has produced in the Ukiyo-e process are “31 Flavors Invading Japan/Today’s Special” (1982) and “Sarah and Octopus/Seventh Heaven” (2001). In 1993, Teraoka collaborated with Tyler Graphics to produce four “Hawaii Snorkel Series,” combining western etching with contemporary Japanese woodblock techniques. Aside from the aforementioned, only a handful of lithographs and etchings have been completed by Teraoka in the print medium.