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Ukiyo-e woodblock printmaking with Keizaburo Matsuzaki

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Published on Mar 8, 2011

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Master printer Keizaburo Matsuzaki visited the Art Gallery of New South Wales in March 2010 in conjunction with the exhibition Hymn to beauty: the art of Utamaro. He brought the woodblocks to create a print of Takashima Ohisa, the teahouse waitress, designed by Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806) in the 1790s.

Gallery visitors were amazed to witness Matsuzaki's deft touch as he applied seventeen colours with perfect alignment. Each colour was rubbed with the printers most precious tool, the baren. The final touch was a dusting of mica. Matsuzaki hails from Arakawa-ku in Tokyo and has been a printer since he was fifteen years old.

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Comments • 115

alasanof
It's interesting to see the modern highway with cars moving along in the background while watching a slow and traditional art form.
Chubby Buddha, Esq.
That level of accuracy is truly astounding.
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David T
Would have been better without the generic Japanese music and more of an explanation of the technique and history.
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MGH cnsGABA
Extreme accuracy in printing. He made it effortlessly. A real master. Koto music is " autumn wind".
YosinoOminae
日本人だけど、浮世絵を刷るのは初めて見て感動しました。 元の絵を描いた人もすごいけど、絵を刷る人、版画を彫る人にも、こんなにすごい技術が要求されるとは思いませんでした。
alpaca sun
Ukiyo-e productions, painter, carver, printer, was an independent work. .
SonovaZebra
Any one know where can I go to learn this craft? I don't speak any Japanese at all but I would love to learn just to learn this craft... Im on my way to finish my bachelor in design, but I just fell in love with this art and want to learn from the right source. Willing to travel with all my saveup...
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Pedro Méndez
i love love love that soooo much¡¡¡¡¡¡ 
Zach Beebe
He looks so neat and comfortable. So cool
neuzd
I started watching the video for the printing, but then got entranced by the koto playing. Thanks for writing the music credits at the end of the video.
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