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    Matsunouch - 'within the pines' - English title: 'New Year's Week' by Nishijima Katsuyuki (born 1945)

    Woodblock print; ink and colors on paper. The title is a reference to the first 15 days of the New Year when the kadomatsu (traditional Japanese pine tree new year decoration) is placed at the gate of houses and shops. Born in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Nishijima Katsuyuji studied woodblock printing at Mikumo publishing house in Kyoto 1964-1968. Exhibited with Kyoto Independents 1965-1970 and in solo and group shows. Experimented with stencil dyeing and printing 1969-1972. From 1972 focused on limited edition sosaku-hanga woodblocks taking subjects from old traditional buildings. Prints include a series Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kiso Kaido and Kyoto street scenes. This artist works in a conservative style that is popular among Western fans of nostalgic images of old Japan. He is one of the best artists alive today to create images in this genre.