Osen - Enigmatic Yokohama Ukiyo-e painter and Irezumi designer.

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For our fourth book in our Premium series on the subject matter of Irezumi we have chosen to bring our readers the previously unpublished artworks by Yokohama Irezumi designer Osen. Very little is known about this artist and all that remains of his work is a wonderful collection of paintings and drawings for Japanese traditional tattooing. The collection concists of 500 original drawings of which about half is published in this volume. Most of the works are full size back piece designs together with numerous full scale arm designs and some very beautiful shikishi boards. Osen was active during the 1950’s and 60’s. Since Osen never became a tattoo artist himself it is through his extraordinary artwork on paper, not skin, that we have chosen to introduce him to the readers and collectors.  The art of Osen is an impressive testament to how innovative a single individual can be when interpreting a strong visual tradition and his work has been used by Yokohama based Muramatsu Yoshitsugu  (Horiyoshi I), who befriended the artist. It has exercised a tremendous impact on the development of the traditional Japanese tattoo we see today and no individual seriously interested in Irezumi can go without the collection presented in this book.

Book Facts: Limited Edition 600 copies. Hardcover and threadbound. Embossed Cover and Spine. 24×34 cm (9,5×13,5 inches). 200 pages. 250 + color Irezumi designs. High Quality Paper and print. Original Kofuu Senju design. Printed using a Komori Printing Press by Göteborgstryckeriet, Gothenburg, Sweden



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