Ōshiro Sadao

Ōshiro Sadao 大城貞夫 (1908-1981) 


Sources: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900 – 1975, Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 125; Japanese Wood-block Prints, Shizuya Fujikake, Japan Travel Bureau, 1953, p. 193.

Born in Hamamatsu, a small industrial city located between Tokyo and Osaka, Ōshiro studied design at Hamamatsu Technical School where he was later to teach, as he did at Hamamatsu First High School for 15 years. He exhibited with, and was a member of, Dōdosha (a sōsaku-hanga society founded in 1929) and Nihon Hanga Kyōkai (Japan Print Association) and was a member of Sōsaku-Hanga Kyōkai founded in Osaka around 1976. By 1953 he had moved to Kyoto where he established himself as a dyeing and weaving designer. While only a minor figure in sōsaku hanga circles, both the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Art hold one of his prints in their collections. 

Two Other Prints by the Artist 

Early Spring,not dated

10 x 13 7/8 in. (25.4 x 35.2 cm) sheet

Carnegie Museum of Art, 89.28.1140

Sample Signatures and Seals of the Artist





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Evening Glow, 1956

IHL Cat. #930