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Jun'ichiro Sekino
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Born in Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture; started as printmaker at age 21. Friend of Koshiro Onchi. Died January 1988. Sekino studied printmaking techniques from books; and as a result actually surpassed many sosaku hanga artists in terms of his ability to produce editions of consistent quality. He relished the complexity of printing with multiple colors and worked in etching (he founded the Japanese Etchers' Society in 1963) and lithography as well as woodblock. Favored subjects included kabuki and bunraku theater scenes, portaits of fellow artists, and landscape series. Sekino traveled and taught extensively in the U.S. in the 1950s and 60s, and visited Europe and China in the 1970s. Volk, Alicia. MADE IN JAPAN The Postwar Creative Print Movement. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum in association with University of Washington Press, 2005, page 113. (hgs 4/10/09)