Ito Takumi is president of the Japanese Print Society a leading contemporary Japanese printmaker. His style builds upon traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock printing aesthetics and fuses them with the priciples of the modern Sosaku Hanga movement where the prints are self-designed, self-carved, and self-printed.
Born in Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, many of Itow’s woodblock prints explore the world of local Matsuri festivals and Japanese Mingei folk crafts as well as the literature of the Japanese author Miyazawa Kenji. Inspired by the beauty and his love for these things, his prints evoke the playful spirit of Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock printing. In addition, his prints of Japanese landscapes and wild flowers express the warm feelings of the Japanese countryside.
Ito’s prints have been exhibited around the world, including an exhibition every two years at the Odakyu Fine Art Gallery in Shinjuku, Tokyo. His prints of Japanese Matsuri Festivals have been featured in exhibitions at the Library of Congress and the Peabody Essex Museum as well as on Japan Post postage stamps.
"The children’s author Miyazawa Kenji said “Even if we do not have rock candy, we can eat the transparent wind, and we can drink the pink morning sun.” Kenji wanted his stories to be pure and beneficial like the wind and sun. I try to make my woodblock prints with the same standards."