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Reference » Ukiyo-e »  Artists Biographies

Nishijima Katsuyuki 1945-

One of the most successful contemporary Japanese woodblock print artists. Born in Yamaguchi prefecture, he was trained in printmaking in the Kyoto studio of publisher Mikumo in the 1960's. He has been exhibiting and successfully publishing ever since then; an exhibition with Kyoto Independents was followed by shows around and outside Japan.

Nishijima's works are usually single prints of various sizes, around 500 copies each, but he also released the series 'Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kiso Kaido'. The prints come both in open or limited editions and are signed and unsigned by the artist. His favoured themes are old Japanese streets, farmhouses and landscapes, but the motif which comes back regularly are tiled roofs and umbrellas. Nishijima's images seem frozen in time, he never depicts people, which gives his prints universal qualities.