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Kazuyuki Ohtsu


Kazuyuki Ohtsu (Japanese, b. 1935) creates sōsaku hanga (creative prints), meaning he handles every step of production—painting the original pictures, carving the woodblocks, and printing the images. His prints are poetic contemplations, drawing us into lovely, tranquil scenes of natural beauty and harmony. The more than 50 images presented in this book convey a sense of the universe slowed down, of moments when things come together in a fine stillness and life aligns. They are what you feel when you stop and pay attention and simply let your surroundings sink in.
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with jacket
80 pages with more than 50 full-color reproductions
Includes Index of Artworks

• High-quality, premium stock matte art paper
• Exceptional color reproduction
• Printed with soy-based inks
• Sewn binding ensures long-lasting enjoyment

Size: 10.75 x 8.5 in.

ISBN 9780764974397

Kazuyuki Ohtsu

In the perfectly balanced compositions by Kazuyuki Ohtsu (Japanese, b. 1935) we find tranquil scenes of natural beauty, where fallen snow quiets the land and autumn leaves erupt in a riot of color. Born into a family of silk weavers, Ohtsu began the study of printmaking at 19. He apprenticed with celebrated artist Kiyoshi Saito for 40 years. With the passing of Saito, Ohtsu set out on his own career. Like his teacher, he paints the original pictures that serve as blueprints for the hand-carved blocks, then inks the blocks and prints the images. Ohtsu’s artworks forsake an earlier period’s use of strong outlines, instead relying on elemental colors and gentle shapes to depict a harmonious, idealized view of the Japanese countryside.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Perfect, always…

I wanted to say thanks (again) for your beautiful artwork via all media.
I received the book of Kazuyuki Ohtsu’s wonderful art. It was so easy to get lost in the art, placing myself in each and developing a scenario that took me far away into the simple beauty.
Of course I am in awe of all the art by Japanese artists. No need for multiple images, but clear visuals of a few tell the story.

Very pleased with my buy!

Just the kind of book you'd want to have on a rainy day - fascinating story of the artist draws one in, and the book is filled with beautiful pictures of artwork, both of which quietly nudge the artist within us to reach out for that paper and pencil - it's a lovely coffee table book indeed!!

Anne S Wagner
Moments of Escape...

This beautifully presented book on prints of Ohtsu is informative and evocative. Beginning with a well-developed biography that brings both those familiar with and unfamiliar with Japanese print-making to a shared appreciation, it then moves into the meditative experience of Ohtsu's prints. I'm torn between whether to keep it for myself or give it to my wonderful neighbor as a holiday gift. Thanks, Pomegranate. I treasure your offerings!

We're so glad you're pleased with it! Thanks for giving the gift of Pomegranate. :)

Lorraine S.
This was a gift, I

This was a gift, I didn't see the purchases. My family was all very pleased, particularly with the Japanese connections. I was pleased with your website, your service and the rapid delivery even in this era of being short-staffed. Thank you.

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The splashes of color are brilliant. Wish I had mire