Ten Chi, 1994
44 x 30 inches
A master printmaker, Japanese born American artist Takeshi Takahara, uses the Intaglio process to produce his dramatically beautiful prints. A professor of printmaking and drawing at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, Takahara holds a B. A. degree in Economics from Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan, graduate studies in Art at Smith College, Northhampton, Massachusetts, an M. A. in Printmaking, University of Iowa, and an M.F.A. in Printmaking, from the University of Iowa. Takahara prefers the process of printmaking as a medium because it allows him to develop and revise each piece in the process. The process, unlike traditional printing, allows him to render a one of a kind and dimensional print—no glass and no frame. His Intaglio processes are employed on metal plates, which are then printed in color on up to five layers of thin Japanese gampi paper because of its strength and transparency. Impressions are then laminated on the curved wood. Many times he uses woodcut together with intaglio and has been known to paint directly on the wood. To seal the surface, he applies several coats of persimmon juice. He has received many research grants including two from the Center of Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan and two from the Grand Valley State University. His work has been exhibited nationally and in Japan, Germany, Brazil, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Yugoslavia, Italy and England.