Biography Iwami, Reika (1927 - )
Already in 1962 Reika Iwami had earned sufficient fame to be included in James A. Michener's important publication The modern Japanese print - an appreciation. She started her career in the early fifties. She was influenced by Kôshirô Onchi, Jun'ichirô Sekino, Takumi Shinagawa and other important printmakers. In 1953 she started exhibiting with the Nihon Hanga Kyôkai, which she joined in 1955. In 1957 she was one of the co-founders (with 8 other professional women printmakers) of the Joryű Hanga Kyôkai.
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From 1964 she devoted herself fulltime to printmaking; since then she has had a great career, exhibiting all over the world. Nature and its manifestations constitute her main subject matter: earth, wind, fire and water are the main elements in semi-abstract woodblock prints, which mostly show strong embossing and the use of gold leaf.
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