Totoya Hokkei (魚屋北渓) (Biographical details)

Totoya Hokkei (魚屋北渓) (printmaker; painter/draughtsman; Japanese; Male; 1780 - 1850)

Also known as

Hokkei, Totoya; Hokkei, Aoigaoka (葵岡北渓); Kyosai (拱斎); Aiogazono (葵園); Go (呉); Tatsuyuki (辰行); Iwakubo (岩窪); Hatsugoro (初五郎); Kin'emon (金右衛門)

Biography

Painter and print artist. Originally a fishmonger at Yotsuya Samegahashi, hence the art surname Totoya/Uoya (fish shop). 'Edo hogaku-wake' gives his address as Akasaka Nagai-cho and name as Hatsutaro (Shotaro). His address also given as Akasaka Kirabatake. A pupil of first Kano Yosen'in Korenobu, then Hokusai. His earliest dated work an illustrated 'kyoka' anthology, 'Kyoka shakushi-guri', published in 1799, making him one of Hokusai's earliest pupils. From c. 1810 onwards a major designer of 'surimono' and illustrator of poetry anthologies. A small number of paintings of beauties and Chinese warrior subjects, the compositions often derived from Hokusai but the style progressively more individual.