Japanese Woodblock Print, 1974, self published by Yoshio Okada. Pencil numbered 16/100 and dated in the bottom margin.
SIZE IN INCHES: 17.5 x 13 inches
COMMENTS: A sensual design of a Japanese beauty in a red bikini surfing on a wave styled after Hokusai. "Surfer Girl" is Okada's best-known and most sought-after design. Rarely seen.
YOSHIO OKADA produced a number of prints in the mid-1970s and early 1980s and then seems to have abruptly left the Japanese print world. He is well known for his Genji Monogatari designs that were commissioned by a Japanese newspaper to accompany a serialized version of the story written by the well-known writer Tanabe Seiko. It ran on Sundays for a year, and when it was done, the illustrations and story were published in book form.