An Omen from the portfolio
The Original Prints - 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists 1973
by Kurosaki Akira
An Omen, also known as Secret Codes A: Omen, was one of five original prints included in the 1973 print portfolio "The Original Prints" which accompanied 300 numbered copies of the two volume work 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, authored and compiled by print artist and supporter/promoter of modern Japanese prints, Gaston Petit.
While human body parts became part of Akira's work early on, the ear awaited its debut until 1973, the year this print was issued.
The artist's 1984 catalog raisonné lists the edition size for this print as 350 prints, but the print itself carries an edition size of 300.
The bright and saturated colors we see in this print is typical of Akira's work through the 1980s and is explained by curator Hideo Tomiyama in his essay "Traces of the Woodblock Print, Artist Akira Kurosaki," as follows: "Because he did not use a key-block method which outlines each form, he began to use pigments whose value and chroma were intended to give strong contrasts in order to distinguish the borders between colors and clarify forms."
The complete packaging for the print portfolio and the accompanying volumes
right: printing on the envelope containing Kurosaki's print