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JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTS by Bob Kessel
May 25th, 2010 by admin

Ukiyo-e (浮世絵), “pictures of the floating world”, is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints (or woodcuts) and paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, featuring motifs of landscapes, tales from history, the theatre, and pleasure quarters. It is the main artistic genre of woodblock printing in Japan.

Bob Kessel’s art series is based on Japanese UKIYO-E woodblock prints. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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IT”S A LONG HARD CLIMB by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E MENDICANT by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E HAT UMBRELLA by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E FUJI HAT by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E PRIESTS by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E RAPIDS by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E BLUE FALLS by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E ROCK FALLS by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E WATERFALL by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E FUJI TREES by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E FUJI FOG by Bob Kessel

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Usually the word ukiyo is literally translated as “floating world” in English, referring to a conception of an evanescent world, impermanent, fleeting beauty and a realm of entertainments (kabuki, courtesans, geisha) divorced from the responsibilities of the mundane, everyday world; “pictures of the floating world”, i.e. ukiyo-e, are considered a genre unto themselves.

The art form rose to great popularity in the metropolitan culture of Edo (Tokyo) during the second half of the 17th century, originating with the single-color works of Hishikawa Moronobu in the 1670s. At first, only India ink was used, then some prints were manually colored with a brush, but in the 18th century Suzuki Harunobu developed the technique of polychrome printing to produce nishiki-e.

Ukiyo-e were affordable because they could be mass-produced. They were mainly meant for townsmen, who were generally not wealthy enough to afford an original painting. The original subject of ukiyo-e was city life, in particular activities and scenes from the entertainment district. Beautiful courtesans, bulky sumo wrestlers and popular actors would be portrayed while engaged in appealing activities. Later on landscapes also became popular. Political subjects, and individuals above the lowest strata of society (courtesans, wrestlers and actors) were not sanctioned in these prints and very rarely appeared. Sex was not a sanctioned subject either, but continually appeared in ukiyo-e prints. Artists and publishers were sometimes punished for creating these sexually explicit shunga.

DIAMOND BIJIN by Bob Kessel
May 18th, 2010 by admin

BIJINGA (美人画) is a generic term for pictures of beautiful women in Japanese art, especially in woodblock printing of the ukiyo-e genre, which predate photography. The term can also be used for modern media, provided they conform to a somewhat classic representation of a woman, usually depicted wearing a kimono.

Nearly all ukiyo-e artists, including Hokusai and Hiroshige, produced BIJINGA, it being one of the central themes of the genre. However, a few, including Utamaro, Suzuki Harunobu, Toyohara Chikanobu, and Torii Kiyonaga are widely regarded as the greatest innovators and masters of the form.

Bob Kessel has created a new art series titled, “BIJINGA” based on the Ukiyo-e  genre wood block prints.
The pictures are available as limited edition original fine art prints, signed and numbered by the artist.
Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

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BIJIN UMBRELLA SNOW by Bob Kessel

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BIJIN EYES by Bob Kessel

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BIJIN SLEEVE by Bob Kessel

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BIJIN NET by Bob Kessel

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BIJIN CURTAIN by Bob Kessel

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BIJIN HAIR by Bob Kessel

CROM! by Bob Kessel
May 13th, 2010 by admin

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CIMMERIAN by Bob Kessel

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HYBORIAN by Bob Kessel

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CROM! by Bob Kessel

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BARBARIAN by Bob Kessel

ZAP! WHAM! POW! SUPER ART by Bob Kessel
May 10th, 2010 by admin

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WHAM! 20″ x 30″ Poster

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POW! 20″ x 30″ Poster

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IRONMAN2 by Bob Kessel

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AGAMOTTO by Bob Kessel

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HAYMAKER by Bob Kessel

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WAK! by Bob Kessel

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CAP by Bob Kessel

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SHIELD by Bob Kessel

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MJOLNIR by Bob Kessel

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WALLOP! by Bob Kessel

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ZAP! by Bob Kessel

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POW! by Bob Kessel

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BAF! by Bob Kessel

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WHAM! by Bob Kessel

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MARTIAN by Bob Kessel

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KIRBY SQUIGGLE by Bob Kessel

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BIG CHIN CHIN by Bob Kessel

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COWL SCOWL by Bob Kessel

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