Maki Haku (巻白, 1924–2000) is the artistic name of Maejima Tadaaki. He was an sōsaku-hanga artist, an artistic movement in 20th century Japan that stressed the artist as the sole creator motivated by a desire for self-expression. This broke with the previous traditional ukiyo-e collaborative system where the artist, carver, printer, and publisher engaged in division of labor. Maki evolved over his many years as an artist, characterized by his artistic interpretations of Chinese characters and traditional Japanese symbols, such as the persimmon. His prints are often embossed, thus adding an unusual third dimension to his compositions. He created these effects through a process including wet cement and plyboard. Maki was one of the most prolific Japanese printmakers of his day. His serene imagery, whether abstract or representational, and his exacting technique have made his prints desirable to many collectors and his work is included in public and private collections across the globe.
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