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Sumio Kawakami
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born in Yokohama. After graduation from school in 1916 lived for some time in Canada and in the US. Made his woodblock prints while being a school teacher at Utsunomiya, Tochigi-ken. Member of Japan Print Society and Kokuga-kai. Kawakami was interested in the interaction of Western and Eastern cultures and often depicted interaction between Japanese and foreigners. Self taught as a printmaker and poet, Kawakami's figurative style retained an amateurism while, at the same time, he referenced Western and Western influenced graphic precedents. Volk, Alicia. MADE IN JAPAN The Postwar Creative Art Movement. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum in association with University of Washington Press, 2005, page 110. (hgs 9/30/08)