Artist: Sekino Jun'ichirō (関野準一郎)

Lifetime: 1914 - 1988

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Even before his twentieth birthday Jun'ichirō Sekino was already involved with woodblock prints: he made them together with friends while still at High School, and he knew Shikō Munakata (a few years his senior) from boyhood (Munakata was also from Aomori prefecture). From 1932 he exhibited with the Nihon Hanga Kyōkai. In the 30s he studied with Kōshirō Onchi and with Senpan Maekawa. After WWII he became especially well-known in USA, but his star rose rapidly elsewhere in the world as well. His work is characterized by its technical accomplishment and variety. from Eric van den Ing at sarugallery.com