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Nakazawa, Shin'ichi

Nakazawa Shin'ichi was born in Tokyo in 1956. He is a self-taught artist who works in the unusual combination of copperplate etching and stunning overlays of gold, silver, or platinum leaf. His compositions are mainly blocks of these overlays often accompanied by Japanese classic writing.

His philosophy is simply to create order and balance in a given limited space, taking a traditional theme to a modern conclusion. His inspiration comes from the highly decorative screen of Sotasu, a seventeenth century Japanese artist who used traditional Japanese style painting to illustrate an accompanying text.