Iwami Reika 岩見禮花 いわみれいか (1927-2020)
Sources: Modern Japanese Prints 1912-1989, Lawrence Smith, British Museum Press, 1994, p. 26; 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, Gaston Petit, Kodansha International Ltd., 1973, p. 146.
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In 1953 she began exhibiting prints with the Nihon Hanga Kyōkai (Japanese Print Association), becoming a member in 1955 and remaining a member until today. In 1957, with Yoshida Chizuko (b. 1924) and others, she co-founded the Joryū Hanga Kyōkai (Women’s Print Association), an association of nine professional women printmakers.5 She exhibited every year since 1957 with the College Women’s Association of Japan print show in Tokyo and, starting in the late 1950s, her work has been included in numerous print biennales. However, it was not until 1962, when James Michener included her work in his seminal book The Modern Japanese Print - An Appreciation, which included, in its original limited edition form, a portfolio of ten original prints, that she gained world-wide notice. (See below, for more background on Michener's The Modern Japanese Print.)
James Michener's Comments on the Artist
A Chronological Sampling of the Artist's Work [for reference - below prints are not part of this collection]
Collections (a partial list)
The Modern Japanese Print - An Appreciation by James Michener
The Artist's Passing - March 18, 2020
With my thanks to Allison Tolman, The Tolman Collection of New York, for her permission to reproduce her fond recollections of Iwami Reika. https://www.thetolmancollectionofnewyork.com/ [accessed 11-26-23]
A Reminiscence by Allison Tolman
I was so sad to hear from her niece that IWAMI Reika died on March 18th, 2020.
Signatures of the Artist
Prints in Collection
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