Fujita Fumio

photo of artist, 2010 

Fujita Fumio 藤田不美夫 (b. 1933) 


Sources: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 19 and “Gallery Fumio Fujita” can be found at https://www.facebook.com/f.fujita421/ 

Born in Handa City, Aichi Prefecture, about 40km due south of Nagoya, no information is available on Fujita Fumio’s early life other than the artist’s own words from a 2005 interview in commenting on his nickname “Forest Painter“: “Since I was child, my places to play were forests... I want you to see the charm of those forests.” 

We do know that he graduated from the department of oil painting at Musashino Art School (Musashino bijutsu Gakko) in 1956 where he also trained as a teacher, and began work as a graphic designer in 1958 at the age of 25 in Tokyo, a job he did for around seven years. He moved to Atsugi, west of Tokyo, in about 1963 and at about this time began making sosaku hanga (creative woodblock prints), exhibiting at various venues including the Japan Print Association Exhibition. In Atsugi he joined the Rainbow Association 虹の会, known for their life drawing sessions featuring nude women models. At about this time he also became the resident woodblock artist at a leading Ginza art gallery. In later years his work was exhibited at various galleries, including the Kanai Gallery, Tokyo, department stores and at Musashino Art University, including a 1980 exhibition of woodblock prints at the school. He exhibited for at least one year, in 1989, at the CWAJ (College Women's Association of Japan) print show.

Over the years, he became best known for his landscapes of forest scenes, often with other pictorial elements, but his work also encompass the purely abstract and combinations of abstract organic shapes with representational forms.  Birds and horses frequently appear in his work.  In 1987 he became a full-time lecturer at the Odakyu Culture School department of woodblock printing. 

While Fujita no longer makes woodblock prints due to back problems, he continues to draw and paint in oil and in watercolor.

More Recent Work by the Artist (for reference only - not part of this collection)

新緑の林道 (B)

Path in the Forest (B), 1992

Image size: 36 x 53cm, ed.200, woodblock


One of the artist's last woodblock prints, created in 2004

雪の朝 三川合流地点 厚木より

Morning Snow, Three Rivers Merge at Atsugi, 

drawing, c. 2010


Portrait of a Lady in White, c. 2010


Glowing Water, oil painting, c. 2010

Fujita has been an independent artist, not associated with any artistic movement.  He enjoys his independence saying “I've been doing whatever I like and do not belong to any organization. If I keep health I will just continue to draw what I want.”

Fujita’s Facebook page “Gallery Fumio Fujita” can be found at https://www.facebook.com/f.fujita421/. The Facebook page is maintained by his daughter.

A Sampling of the Artist's Woodblock Prints (for reference only - not part of this collection)

地層 A 

(Stratum A), 1964

Chihyō B

(Surface B), 1968

13 7/8 x 10 3/4 in.

縞馬, No. 1

(Zebra, No. 1), 1969

sheet: 17 × 12 1/4 in. (43.18 × 31.12 cm)

image: 15 × 10 3/4 in. (38.10 × 27.30 cm)

Carnegie Museum of Art 89.28.70

Flying, 1971

Pathway and Trees, 1975

image: 14 x 10 3/8 in.

 倉敷 122-A

(Kurashiki 122-A),  1981

sheet size: 25 1/2 x 17 5/16 in. (65 x 44 cm)


Fujita signs all his work as "F. Fujita" as shown above. 

Prints in Collection

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