Haku Maki


Haku Maki


Poem 71-90 (Woman)

Woodblock, ed. 40/108

30 3/4 x 15 inches

Signed Lower Right

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Haku Maki (1924-2000)

Haku Maki first made his name and his living by producing prints featuring Chinese characters (kanji).  His life as an artist dates from the mid-1950s, when the earliest known Maki prints began appearing.

Haku Maki was born in Aso-machi in Ibaraki Prefecture in 1924, as Maejima Tadaaki. In the late 1950s, he selected the name Haku Maki to show his humility and self-styled confusion. If translated literally, "Maki" is Roll, "Haku" is White.  

It was Maki’s style to depict a main image with an embossed technique.  Normally that central subject is kanji, a persimmon or ceramics. It is produced from a cement block into which Maki carved the image’s design; the print was created from the cement block. Then Maki added a title and a number identifying the number of the print in the run, then affixed his red seal (chop) and signed off in English in pencil.  In his earliest works he used a single sheet of paper but by 1963 he had begun to use a double sheet. This thicker paper made it possible to do better embossed, highly textured works. 


Maki produced about 2000 different images. This makes him one of the most prolific Japanese print makers of his day. 

biography from haku-maki.com