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Yoshio Okada - SOLD

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Artist: Yoshio Okada
Title: Surfer Girl
Date: 1974, signed and sealed by the artist, dated and numbered 70/100 in pencil by the artist in the lower margin; first and only edition
Size: dai-oban, approx. 12.5" x 17.75" overall
Condition: Fine, no flaws, uncirculated print, never framed 
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture, tight registration 
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Comments: Very rare in any condition. A sensual design by Yoshio Okada showing a Japanese beauty (bijin) surfing a Hokusai-like wave.

About Yoshio Okada
Yoshio Okada produced a number of prints in the mid-1970s and early 1980s and then seems to have abruptly disappeared from the Japanese print world. He is best known for his Genji Monogatari designs that were commissioned by a Japanese newspaper to accompany a serialized version of the story written by the well-known writer Tanabe Seiko. It ran on Sundays for a year, and when it was done, the illustrations and story were published in book form. Today, in his mid-seventies, Okada lives quietly in Tokyo.