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Mikio Watanabe

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Watanabe mezzotints

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Plenitude
Plenitude
Numbered 69/90
5 1/8 x 8 3/8"
Sorry, sold for $500

Lueur I
Lueur I
Numbered 68/90
8 3/8 x 3 3/8"
$500
Lueur II
Lueur II
Numbered 68/90
8 3/8 x 3 3/8"
Sorry, sold for $500
Modestie
Modestie
Numbered 25/90
2 7/8 x 4 5/8"
Sorry, sold for $400

Pudeur
Pudeur
Numbered 68/90
2 1/2 x 5 1/4"
$400
Voie Lactee
Voie Lactee
Numbered 68/90
6 3/4 x 11 1/2"
Sorry, sold for $750
Danse de
                  brumes
Danse des brumes
Numbered 67/90
6 x 7 5/8"
Sorry, sold for $600


Dignite
Dignite
Numbered 70/90
  8 x 4 1/8"
Sorry, sold for $500
Jour
Jour
Numbered 41/90
  7 5/8 x 15 1/2"
Sorry, sold for $600
Sirene III
Sirene III
Numbered 69/90
7 1/2 x 5 1/2"
Sorry, sold for $500

Genie
Genie
Numbered 36/90
  5 5/8 x 7 1//2"
$500
S envoler
S'envoler
Numbered 26/90
  4 3/8 x 8 1/8"
$750

Homage a Felix Buhot

Homage a Felix Buhot
Original mezzotint, 8 1/2 x 6 1/2"
Signed by the artist, dated '98
Numbered 19/90

Sorry, sold


Deux Nus V

Deux Nus V
Original mezzotint, 22 x 19" framed
Signed by the artist and numbered 65/75
Sorry, sold

The Artist

Mikio Watanabe was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1954.  After graduating from the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Tokyo in 1977, he was drawn to Paris to perfect his mezzotint technique.  Admission to the prestigious Atelier 17 of Stanley William Hayter soon followed and he studied engraving there from 1979 to 1981. 

In 1989 Watanabe was awarded at "Salon de la Gravure Originale" in Bayeux, France and in 1992 at "Miniprint International" in Cadaques, Spain.
 
Mikio is a member of the International Academy "Greci-Marino" in Italy.  He has dedicated his work to mezzotint since 1981 and after over 50 one-man exhibitions, one can now find his work in public and private collections internationally. 

His hand-rocked, copper plate images are Mikio's sensuous, reverent, and intimate homage to the female form, with a fine quality that bespeaks the artist's many years of devotion to his craft.

The quality of his engravings is consistent with the high regard for excellence that is the hallmark of Saper Galleries.

The Mezzotint Medium

Watanabe creates a mezzotint by repeatedly pressing a curved, serrated mezzotint "rocker" over the surface of a copper plate until it makes thousands of tiny indentations.  After the entire surface of the plate has been textured, yielding a rich velvety black when inked, scrapers are used to shave down the raised areas to a variety of heights that will produce soft tones from dark gray to white when inked and pressed.

While the mezzotint has a history dating back to the seventeenth century, few contemporary artists have achieved the technical skill and dexterity of a master.  In Watanabe’s work, one senses not only his devotion to his craft, but also a more private devotion – his model for many years was his beloved wife, Yuriko.

Watanabe expresses this powerful combination of technical mastery and artistic inspiration when he states, "The moment when the copper, the technique, the tools, and myself become one harmonious whole, the result is breathtaking and speaks to me with eloquence."   
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