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Nonaka Mitsumasa (b. 1949)

Prints in Collection

Op. 7
Op. 7 1976
IHL Cat. #2174

Op. 10
Op. 10, 1976
IHL Cat. #2173

Op. 28
Op. 28, 1977
IHL Cat. #2142

Biographical Data


Nonaka Mitsumasa 野中光正 (b. 1949)
Sources: compiled from biographies appearing on various Japanese gallery websites inc

Born near Asakusa in Taito City, Tokyo in 1949, Nonaka grew up watching the work of printers, carvers, and printmakers in his neighborhood. He studied at the Pacific Art Institute from 1968 to 1971, and at the Shibuya Institute of Western Painting from 1973 to 1982. Nonaka began his painting career in 1967 and in 1973 he began creating woodblock prints. In addition to woodblock printmaking and painting he also works in mixed media.

He had his first solo exhibition of woodblock prints at the Yokohama International Passenger Terminal in 1977 and in that same year exhibited at the Japan Print Association Exhibition. In 1989, he moved to Takayanagi, Niigata Prefecture, where he studied paper-making. He returned to Tokyo at the end of October of the same year. Since then, he has held numerous solo and group exhibitions. 
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While the largest body of his work is abstract or semi-abstracted figurative work, Nonaka pays his respect to the ukiyo-e tradition, saying "I can't talk about my works without the tradition of ukiyo-e and the foundation of the sensitivity from these crafts."

A Few Examples of the Artist's Work (Reference images)

OP-34, 1977
Woodblock print
16 11/16 × 11 13/16 in. (42.4 × 30 cm)
signed ナカ ミツマサ (Nonaka Mitsumasa)
Honolulu Museum of Art
untitled, 1985
woodblock print
10.5 x 7.5 in. (27 x 19 cm)

untitled, mixed media on kozo paper, 2019
24 x 18 in. (60.8 x 45.6 cm)

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