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New Beginnings: Japanese Prints of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s

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Work Number V-9

ca. 1970
27 1/4 x 20 in. (69.2 x 50.8 cm)

Miyashita Tokio
Japanese (1930 - 2011)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color woodcut and intaglio
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1966.36
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Location: Not currently on view

Edition: 8/35

The son of a metal supplies dealer, Miyashita is known for his prints which combine woodblock with printing from a metal plate to which found metal pieces and wires have been soldered. Miyashita studied metal intaglio printing with Sekino Jun'ichiro, whose The Plum Girl appears in this installation.

[Gallery label text, 2004]

Miyashita Tokio was best known for making prints from a combination of woodblocks and metal plates. He was the son of a metals dealer, which gave him the early opportunity to learn the tools and processes of metalwork. He studied both processes with master printers in high school and university.

The process of combining such different techniques was complex and time consuming. Miyashita would first cut the metal plate from a sheet of zinc. He would then create his design by arranging smaller plates in an assortment of shapes and sizes. Some contained etched lines; others included found objects such as stamped metal fragments. He would then solder these elements to the plate.

At this point in the process, he would turn his attention to the medium of woodcut, deciding on colors and the numbers of wooden blocks needed to create the color separations. The final prints resulted in the unique explorations of abstract forms, colors, and textures that characterize Miyashita’s work.

[Label text, 2014]

Purchased from exhibition "Contemporary Prints from Japan - II" through Oregon State University by the Gallery, 1966

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