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Rokushu Mizufune
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Hiroshima prefecture
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Born in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture. Graduated 1936 from Scu;pture Dept., Tokyo Art School. Known widely as a sculptor and printmaker; founding member of Zokei Hanga Kyokai in 1937, member of Japan Print Society. Mizufune, best known in Japan as a sculptor, also worked in woodblock after attending courses with Hiratsuka Unichi. Ono Tadashige, a colleague in the Shin Hanga Shudan (New Print Group), provided significant inspiration, as is particularly evident in the dense pigmentation and dark grounds found in the works of both artists. Mizufune's innovation was to overprint colored areas with a mixture of watercolor and gofun. Success in international exhibitions earned Mizufune a residency at Marlboro College, Vermont, in 1961-62. Volk, Alicia. MADE IN JAPAN The Postwar Creative Print Movement. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum in association with University of Washington Press, 2005, page 112. (hgs 10/24/08)