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Japanese etching artist Tanaka Ryohei

Hyperrealistic etching by Japanese etching artist Tanaka Ryohei

First snow. Work by Japanese etching artist Tanaka Ryohei

Japanese etching artist Tanaka Ryohei
Traditionally, etching has been the most important technique for prints, and since ancient times. Meanwhile, one of contemporary followers of the old masters technique is Japanese etching artist Tanaka Ryohei. In particular, he creates photo-realistic etchings of rural Japanese landscapes, deserted houses, and details of architecture. However, no image of a human at all. According to great and unique artist Tanaka Ryohei, he does not invent places, and each print image he took from the trips.
Born in 1933 in Takatsuki City (Osaka Prefecture), Tanaka Ryohei is Japanese etching artist. He began studying etching techniques quite late, at the age of thirty, taking lessons from Foruno Yoshio. And three years later Tanaka Ryohei began to exhibit with the Japanese Print Association, which member he became in 1973.

Hyperrealistic etching by Japanese artist Tanaka Ryohei

Details of architecture. Etching by Japanese artist Tanaka Ryohei

Etching, along with engraving is a hard work, includes drawing thousands of fine lines on a plate, from just making lines in black appear highly realistic images of straw, wood or a brick wall. Meanwhile, with his realistic etchings the artist catches the essentials of reality which photography could hardly do. The philosophy of Tanaka Ryohei, as well as many Japanese artists, relates to this quote – “A devotion to perfection in everything they do.”

Japanese etching artist Tanaka Ryohei

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