Hiroyuki Tajima


Hiroyuki Tajima


Melodious Wall B

Woodblock, ed. 33/50

33 x 22 inches
Signed Lower Right

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Hiroyuki Tajima was a Japanese printmaker of the sōsaku-hanga school. He was born in Tokyo and graduated from Nihon University in 1932. In 1943, he graduated from the Western-style painting division of the Tokyo School of FineArts. He created his first print in 1946, and joined the Bijutsu Bunka Kyokai (agroup of abstract and surrealist artists) the same year. He also studied Nagase Yoshi (1891–1978), an artist of the Sōsaku-hanga school. In the 1960s and 1970s Tajima developed his well-known abstract style of prints made of dense rich pigments on complex surfaces formed by building the block up with various materials. His prints were inspired by the ideals of East Asian calligraphy,traditional Japanese painting structures and a sense of space influenced by ZenBuddhist beliefs. In 1963 Tajima became a member of the Nihon Hanga Kyokai, the Japanese Print Association. In 1964 his work was shown in the Tokyo Biennale as well as in international competitions. Tajima also producedlandscape prints under the name of Nagai Kiyoshi.

He is best known for his totally abstract prints with broad areas of rich dense


Biography partly taken from Ro Gallery