TSURUYA Kôkei

(Japan 1946 – )

Bando Tamasaburō V as Oiwa, wife of Tamiya, and Nakamura Tokizō V as her younger sister Osode in "Yotsuya Kaidan"

Other titles:
Two onnagata, Untitled (Two onnagata (female role) actors)
Location
Not on display
Further information

Kokei has revived the 'ukiyo-e' tradition of depicting individual actors in specific performances. He does his own drawing, blockcutting and printing, unlike in traditional practice where the artist did only the drawing. While consistent with the conventions of 'ukiyo-e', the prints have a compelling power and a certain malevolence that generates an unease at odds with the purely visual pleasure of traditional 'ukiyo-e' prints.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.256.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Shôwa period 1926–1988
Year
1983
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodcut
Dimensions
39.7 x 24.9 cm
Signature & date

Signed u.l., in Japanese, ink [stamped "[artist's seal]". Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1984
Accession number
83.1984