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Akira Matsumoto
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Born in Osaka. wwodcut, intaglio, screenprints; Osaka native Matsumoto was one of relatively few sosaku hanga artists with a direct knowledge of ukiyo techniques, having served an apprenticeship in the medium with his relative Mitsumoto Kaichi from 1952 to 1957. He has embraced a diversity of media over the course of his career. He was active as an oil painter as well as a printmaker, and beginning in 1962 showed his paintings at the Lunami Gallery and his prints at Yoseido Gallery in alternating years. Matsumoto was among the first Japanese artists in the postwar period to revive the ukiyo-e technique of gauffrage (embossing), and also was a pioneer in photographic screenprinting. Volk, Alicia. MADE IN JAPAN The Postwar Creative Print Movement. Milwaukee, Wiscon: Milwaukee Art Museum in association with University of Washington Press, 2005, page 111. (hgs 4/17/09)