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Ikuta Koji Japan, born 1953
After training in Nihonga (traditional Japanese-style painting), Ikuta Koji turned to the Western printmaking techniques of engraving and mezzotint.
In this print, Ikuta reveals his mastery of the mezzotint technique. Images of dead leaves and wood are burnished from the roughened plate, which produces a rich, black tone when printed. Although he has concentrated on images of birds and flowers, often employing colors, Ikuta's earlier mezzotint designs are abstract arrangements that include dead branches and leaves. His ability to express texture and form are highly apparent in these monochrome works.
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