Konishi Seiichirō

Konishi Seiichirō  小西誠一郎 (1919-?)  


Sources: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 119 and as footnoted. 

Born in Kyoto in 1919, Konishi Seiichirō studied oil painting and design under the Western-style painter Igaki Kahei (1892-1970). A self-taught print artist, Konishi carved and printed his own work in the sōsaku hanga (creative print) style. There is no record of his prints being formally exhibited until 1951, when he exhibited at the Kyoto Print Society (Kyoto Hanga Kyōkai). He went on to exhibit at the Japan Woodblock Print Academy (Nihon Hanga-in or Banga-in), the New Production Association (Shin Seisaku Kyōkai), the Independent Fine Art Association (Dokuritsu Bijutsu Kyōkai) and at various one-man and group shows both in Japan and abroad. It is reported that he come under the tutelage of the great sōsaku hanga printmaker Munakata Shikō (1903-1975) in the 1950s.

“He uses strong forms and contrasts, but he also works entirely with color blocks, so without key-block lines. He also does figure studies, and here too he sometimes uses an unusual perspective.”1

The most recent print of the artist I have seen is dated 1983 and I have not been able to determine if the artist is still alive as of February 2016.

1 website of Saru Gallery https://www.sarugallery.com/japanese_woodblock_prints_ukiyoe/artists/seiichiro_konishi.html [accessed 1-3-24]

Other Prints by the Artist (for reference only)

Women Sewing, 1956

姉弟 Kyōdai (Brother and sister), 1960

Still Life with Yellow Flowers

(Kiiroi Hana no aru Seibutsu), 1961

   Ink Stick Store in Nara

(Nara no Choka, Sumi no Mise), 1967

Twilight at Enoshima, Kamakura, 1967

A view of the village Byakugoji

 (Byakugoji mura fuke), 1971

Tree Shadows (Juei), 1983

Examples of Seals and Signatures of Artist 


Konishi Seiichirō


Konishi Seiichirō

"sei" seal

"sei" seal

"sei" seal

"Konishi" with unread seal


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創版会 First edition

stamped seal appearing on many of the artist's prints

 自刻 自摺

self-carved, self-printed

(appears on most of the artist's prints)

Prints in Collection

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Childhood Days, 1960

IHL Cat. #2556

Childhood Days, 1960

IHL Cat. #2557

Mount Daisen, North Wall, 1971

IHL Cat. #1106

Hirosawa Pond, Saga, undated

IHL Cat. #1337

Pontochō Through Street II, undated

IHL Cat. #1433

Buddhist Temple (Winter) undated

IHL Cat. #1680

Rooftop Landscape, 1982

IHL Cat. #2033