Katsunori Hamanishi, ‘Division Work 51’, 1995, Japan Society Benefit Auction 2016

Trained as a painter, Katsunori Hamanishi has become a master of the mezzotint printmaking process, an originally European practice that can be compared in its laboriousness and precision to Japanese woodblock printmaking. His prints tend to focus on inanimate objects that hold both a contemplative, meditative quality as well as energetic tension, such as knotted ropes and tied cloth. This mezzotint, which depicts a shimenawa, or rice-straw rope, is meticulously executed in multiple colors with subtle variations in surface texture, exemplifying the exacting nature of Hamanishi's process.


Signature: Signed.

Image rights: Courtesy of The Tolman Collection of New York

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