Artisan | Woodworker: Ohtani, Yoshio | 1936-
Origin: No Biography
Historically, the Japanese have been a very modest people. Japanese artists, in particular, felt their work spoke for them, and so for centuries, creative efforts by many artists, with the exception of woodblock prints, were unsigned, yet were easily recognized by the public through a specific style and the artists’ unique personalities. As collectors we felt it was most important to represent all Traditional and Sosaku Kokeshi, whether or not the artist has been identified, their seal, or artistic signature translated, or a written account of this artist’s life. Each show the diversity of this cultural specialization and the creative work produced by this artist.
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This beautiful Kokeshi entitled “Spring Dreams” was created in 1986, and is wrapped in a beautiful “Mino” snow coat that has been subtly ornamented. The doll celebrates the Japanese accomplishments in textile design. The artist’s use of an angelic face, is sensitively detailed and extremely expressive. It is created from a solid block of cherry celebrating the natural wood grain. Yoshio-san was born in 1936 and winner of numerous awards including the coveted award of the Prime Minister, and the Japan Ministry of Forestry and Agriculture design.
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