A mezzo tint by modern master, Ken Tsuji , numbered 16 of 85, dated 1985. The print is 13 inches x 12 1/2 inches and the image measures 4 and three quarters inches x four and five eights inches. Mint condition. The image is a somewhat abstract mezzotint design of three bottles against a skyline and a plaid band at the bottom; with a luminous new moon riding high in the sky. The technique shown clearly places Tsuji in the foremost rank of modern Japanese mezzo tint printers along with the likes of Hamanishi and Hamaguchi.
Born in 1946 in the Sumida-Ku district of Tokyo, Tsuji studied art in high school and continued at the Tama Art University, where he graduated with a painting major in 1974 and a masters degree in painting in 1976.
Since his first exhibit at the Ginza Art Gallery in Tokyo in 1970, Tsuji has shown his copperplate prints and mezzotints throughout Japan, in Paris, Hamburg, and in the United States.
His prints, representing a distinguished career from 1976 to 2002, are exquisite miniatures divided into early etchings and more recent mezzotints.
His mezzotints are color-paneled suburban cityscapes and cheerfully luminescent still-lifes of tall bottles, delicate shells, green grapes, and leaves,often, as in this print,a blend of both. Tsuji renders these motifs with a subdued feel that suggests tightly controlled line and color.