Mezzotints

What they lack for in numbers, they make up for in visual strength.  Mezzotints bring grayscales and gentle color modulations like few other techniques in printmaking afford.  It's no wonder the technique has spawned its own sub-culture of collectors.  There aren't many printmakers who have turned to the mezzotint rocker to express themselves, as the small number of works below shows.  But those who have usually don't do so lightly or in vain: softness of tone abounds in each of these prints.

Katsunori Hamanishi: Green Fireworks

HAMANISHI, Katsunori

Green Fireworks

Mezzotint, 2021.

$600

2021MezzotintEdition of 7029 .5 x 10 in

Katsunori Hamanishi: Red Firework

HAMANISHI, Katsunori

Red Firework

Mezzotint, 2021.

$1,000

2021MezzotintEdition of 5030.5 x 15 in

Katsunori Hamanishi: Prime Winter

HAMANISHI, Katsunori

Prime Winter

Mezzotint, 2017.

$1,000

19.5 x 17.5 inchesMezzotintEdition 18/70Three islands surrounded by crashing waves in a winter storm. This piece highlights the artists use of intr...

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Katsunori Hamanishi: Contrail

HAMANISHI, Katsunori

Contrail

Mezzotint, 2010.

$600

17.5 x 6.5 inchesMezzotintEdition 13/70A contrail arcs towards a dark distant mountain set against an orange sky, with green grasses and plants con...

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Koji Ikuta: Red-Flanked Blue Tail

IKUTA, Koji

Red-Flanked Blue Tail

Mezzotint, 2017.

$300

Koji IKUTA (Japanese, b. 1953)Red-Flanked Blue TailMezzotint. 2017. Edition of 75. Signed. 8 x 5 inches (image), 12 5/8 x 9 1/4 inches (sheet)

Takuji Hamanaka: Combination-Cross No. 3

HAMANAKA, Takuji

Combination-Cross No. 3

Mezzotint, 1979.

$1,800

Mezzotint, 1979Signed, titled and numbered in pencilEdition: 30 (9/30)Provenance: Ninion and Sheldon Landy, ChicagoThe Landy's donated a large coll...

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Katsunori Hamanishi: Green Fireworks

HAMANISHI, Katsunori

Green Fireworks

Mezzotint, 2021.

$600

Dimensions: 23.5″ x 5.75″Medium: mezzotint, gold leafEdition Size: 70

Katsunori Hamanishi: Red Fireworks

HAMANISHI, Katsunori

Red Fireworks

Other, 2021.

$1,000

Dimensions: 22.25" x 11.75" Medium: mezzotint, gold leaf Edition Size: 50

Katsunori Hamanishi: Manjushage: Flowers of Heaven

HAMANISHI, Katsunori

Manjushage: Flowers of Heaven

Mezzotint, 2020.

$2,675

Dimensions: Image Size 27" x 53" | Paper Size 30" x 59"Medium: Mezzotint Triptych, IntaglioEdition Size: 50