Delicate wood-block prints by a deaf person exhibited in Okayama Prefecture

Ando with his works exhibited at the gallery in Kurashiki-shi.

November 2, 2013

A Deaf wood-block printer Ando Shohei (安藤昌平), 77, who lives in Kurashiki-shi, Okayama Prefecture, opened his 10th commemoration private exhibition at the gallery in the city on November 1.

A little more than 30 works from the school days are exhibited, including precise, skillfully works finished with the scenery of the familiar hometown, etc.

Ando became Deaf because of illness when he was a little boy. He joined a wood-engraving club by a teacher's advice at the Prefectural Okayama School for the Deaf. Since then he has made a wood-block print for the New Year's card.

After retiring from an autoparts company in 1996, Ando started the woodcut, having won a prize with his work repeatedly.

He said, "I want to make people enjoy my works in spite of disability. I would like to continue my work still more."

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