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Sakamoto Isamu (b. 1931)

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At the age of 89, the artist continues to make prints with the
assistance of his wife and stays actively engaged in his local community. In this photo, Sakamoto teaches a special class on printmaking to 6th graders at Takaku Elementary school near
where he lives.
source: 高久小学校 日記  Takaku Elementary School Diary
Sakamoto Isamu 坂本勇 (b. 1931)
Source: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975Merritt, Helen and Nanako Yamada, University of Hawaii Press: Honolulu, 1992 p. 130-131, website of Fukushima Minnano News and various web sources.
Born in 1931 in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, where he still lives, Sakamoto graduated in 1961 from Musashino College of Fine Arts Junior College.  He was a middle-school art teacher for many years and, as shown in the 2018 photo to the left, continues to share his knowledge of printmaking.

He is an member and trustee of the Japan Print Society (日本版画会Nippon hangakai) and active in the Shin Seiki Bijutsu Kyokai (New Century Fine Art Association, founded by oil painters in 1955.) He serves on a number of Fukushima artist organizations, including the Fukushima Artists Federation.

His prints feature landscapes and often portray spots of scenic beauty in Fukushima prefecture, such as the series Four Seasons
in Fukushima (Fukushima shiki), two prints from which are part of this collection. After the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Sakamoto produced a number of prints both portraying the devastation and the "hope for reconstruction."

Flower of Hope 希望の花, 2011
"I would like you to see not only realistic works of
tsunami damage, but also works produced with dreams
and hopes forreconstruction." - Sakamoto Isamu

Sakamoto has had solo and group exhibitions throughout Japan and in France and the United States. His work is in a number of collections including the 
Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Carnegie Museum of Art. His prints continue to be shown in local galleries and locations in Fukushima prefecture.

版画 坂本勇
The World of Sakamoto Isamu, Woodblock Prints
October 23 - November 1, 2016

Signatures and Seals
Isamu / 坂本勇 Isamu Sakamoto 

勇 Isamu

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