ONLINE EXHIBITION: Mikio Watanabe | Mezzotints

Mezzotint artist Mikio Watanabe was born in 1954 in Japan and currently lives in France. He is most known for his elegant, evocative black and white nudes. In these images the artist alternates between full figures and the sensuous ambiguity of closer cropped body parts. The female figure emerges out of the rich, velvety black shadows. Watanabe skillfully manipulates the subtle gradations of gray that are available in a mezzotint with careful burnishing and scraping of the plate. Watanabe has added flora and fauna subjects, using multiple plates for the color. These works have the same quality of grace and delicacy found in his nudes, but are playful in spirit. His works are part of the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque National in Paris, the Central Academy of Art in Kuala Lumpur and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Mikio Watanabe : Carpe diem I at Davidson Galleries

Mikio Watanabe

Carpe diem I

Medium: Mezzotint
Year: 2002
Edition : Edition of 50
Size: 5-1/4 x 5-1/4 inches
Price: $350.00

Mikio Watanabe : Songe d

Mikio Watanabe

Songe d'été

Medium: Mezzotint
Year: 2001
Edition : Edition of 90
Size: 3 x 9-1/2 inches
Price: $500.00

Mikio Watanabe : Tromb at Davidson Galleries

Mikio Watanabe

Tromb

Medium: Mezzotint
Year: 2001
Edition : Edition of 90
Size: 4-3/4 x 4-3/4 inches
Price: $400.00

Mikio Watanabe : Sur la brance at Davidson Galleries

Mikio Watanabe

Sur la brance

Medium: Mezzotint
Year: 1999
Edition : Edition of 30
Size: 9-1/2 x 6 inches
Price: $750.00

Mikio Watanabe : Un Enfant at Davidson Galleries

Mikio Watanabe

Un Enfant

Medium: Mezzotint
Year: 1999
Edition : Edition of 75
Size: 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
Price: $350.00