Original Kinoshita Daimon (born 1946) Japanese Woodblock Print
Wakahanada and Takahanada, circa 1988
Modern Sumo Prints by Kinoshita Daimon - Born in Hokkaido Prefecture in 1946, Kinoshita Daimon worked as an illustrator before becoming active as a woodblock print artist in 1980. In 1985, the Nippon Sumo Association commissioned him to design a series of prints depicting sumo wrestlers to commemorate the opening of the National Sports Arena in Ryogoku. These woodblocks are 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 modern sumo designs are popular with collectors and sumo fans alike. Using the Japanese woodblock tradition, Kinoshita Daimon creates memorable modern portraits of this ancient sport.
Special detail - Gold mica on the names and signature at upper right. Published by Kyoto Hanga-in in a limited edition.
Artist - Kinoshita Daimon (born 1946) Image Size - 14 3/4" x 9 7/8" + margins as shown Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.