Junichiro Sekino

Junichiro Sekino, Kitanoumi in Kohyo-iri
Junichiro Sekino, Kitanoumi in Kohyo-iri
Junichiro Sekino, Kitanoumi in Kohyo-iri
Junichiro Sekino, Kitanoumi in Kohyo-iri

Junichiro Sekino


Kitanoumi in Dohyo-iri

  • Woodblock print
  • Image: 18” high x 13 3/8” wide
  • Paper: 21.5” high x 16.5” wide
  • Signature: Signed and dated on lower right, series (62/128) and seal on lower left

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About the work

Junichiro Sekino's (1914 - 1988) first notable presence at exhibitions began in the 1930s where he earned praise for his etchings. In the late 30s and early 40s he received instruction in the art of woodblock printmaking. Thereafter he exhibited his works inside and outside of Japan, winning particular acclaim in the United States for his woodblock prints.

His breakthrough came in the early 1950s when he had his first one-man show in Tokyo. His prints earned increasing attention at international exhibitions outside Japan, leading to museums like the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to acquire his works. Much of his success can be attributed to a superior mastery of the technical process of printmaking.

Sekino's first trip to the United States came in 1959 after receiving a formal invitation from the Rockefeller Foundation and the American-Japan Society. Thereafter followed a long list of international exhibitions, awards, and frequent international travel. 

In 1963 he taught printmaking at Oregon State University. After his return to Japan he taught at Kobe University in 1965. He spent most next decade working on the print series “New Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido".

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