Original Daimon Kinoshita (born 1946) Japanese Woodblock Print
Four Sumo Champion Wrestlers, 1985
Modern Sumo Prints by Daimon Kinoshita - Born in Hokkaido Prefecture in 1946, Daimon Kinoshita worked as an illustrator before becoming active as a woodblock print artist in 1980. In 1985, the Japan Sumo Association commissioned him to design a series of prints depicting sumo wrestlers to commemorate the opening of the National Sports Arena in Ryogoku. Published by the Kyoto Hanga Institute, these woodblocks were done in the traditional manner of ukiyo-e prints, utilizing the skills of the artist and expert carvers and printers to create the final image. These lively subjects are reminiscent of their 19th century counterparts, with bold figures rendered in strong outlines, striking classic poses inside or outside the ring. Many depict yokozuna or grand champion sumo wrestlers.
These rarely seen modern sumo designs are popular with collectors and sumo fans alike. Using the Japanese woodblock tradition, Daimon Kinoshita creates memorable modern portraits of this ancient sport. We have seen, and sold, a few prints from this series over the years. But, our exhibition collection of 23 designs is the largest group we have ever seen assembled. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity!
- This print comes in the lovely original publisher's presentation, loose within a windowed viewing folder with a beautiful dark blue paper cover decorated with hand-applied metallic gold pigment. No two folders are alike, but see below for an example of the type of folder you will receive. The print also comes with a text sheet in Japanese and English with the wrestler's name and a brief biography. The first time we've had these designs in this terrific presentation. A great choice for a collector of modern Japaneses woodblocks or a sumo enthusiast.
Special detail - Dark silver mica background.
Artist - Daimon Kinoshita (born 1946)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.