dramatic kanji sun and splash This small Maki print epitomizes the Maki style at its height; the kanji streaks across the print, now it is blue now it is black; there is a strong black sun and a sharp yellow plash and the Maki seal. Yet it is not crowded. The maki seal at the right is a roll, the Maki of his name.
Haku Maki was a well-known Japanese print maker of the second half of the 20th century
About 20 of his work was called Big Red and a few Big Blue or Big Green. This is one of the rare big blue prints. By my reckoning he did about three true Big Blues, this is one of the 3. Until this true image appeared I only knew of a catalogue image which we enhanced into a nice blue here in Beijing. This is the Real Deal. The strokes of the kanji are strong and vibrant Yet the image is cramped on th ...click for details
Chen Gaoli was a well known wood carver and restorer in Hong Kong In the last two decades of th 20th century From his small stores in the Hollywood area he did refinishing, sold art and carved frogs like this.
he used old wood bocks as the bases of carving rough backed frogs like this one This one is signed by hi artistic name, Chan Lai. He carved his mark in the base.
In the 1960s Haku Maki was beginning his career as a modern print maker. He used ersztz titles for different series of prints: Cell, Animal Song for the Zodiac, Proportion Work, Figure and Emanation Flower Song was another. Here we show Flower Song 6, which I have just acquired, and Flower Song 3 which I have owned for a long time The others are not noteworthy. 13 x 17
48 x 34 cm
Around 1960 Haku Maki probably did the Ox as a woodblock print. He was then a young artist in Tokyo. He may have done some OX images before Michener did his now well known book, but probably not many: 510 were used in the book The Modern Japanese Print". The prints of Japanese artists included in the book are large-ish, it is not embossed. The print is in excellent shape - it is still tipped onto the original archival backing that was in the book.
In 1999 toward the end of his life, M ...click for details
This elegant little pot (holding 200 ml) was made near Yixing in Jingxi. Pots of this size made just as the Opening period began (circa 1980) are very elegant This was made by master Wang. His name is probably Xiufang G 7 cm W 5.5
Haku Maki was undoubtedly Japan’s most prolific print maker of the second half of the 20th century. Many of his works were serious works of kanji and also ceramics. These three are perhaps a bit frivolous. The are actually pretty: each one has seeming globs of color The blue one on the left has kanji in the blue stone; the central one has a wonderful black kanji for Mountain in the center, and the one on the right four globs, each of a different color. And one splash.
These are 3 different “takes” of the kanji Stone.
Red is Work 74-58 (Stone) ; Green is 76-56 (Stone);
Blue is 76-54 (Stone).
The green one is larger than the other two All have the striking
black sun as one stroke of the kanji. Red stone is apparently backwards
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This Maki Big Red has the Kanji (Chinese character) for Flower as its theme. The Flower is red and strong; it is set off by a black Sun to the right. A blue tear balances the sun on the left. Maki’s seal in red ink paste, is below the tear, also at the left. Although Maki himself printed this image, the ink looks as if it was layered on by hand. This is 133/154; Print size is about 11” x 18”. We note: the paper in this print is smooth, it does not have the moon-surface effect.
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