Legendary painter Ozume Kaname died this morning after losing a short and uneven battle with cancer. His paintings on silk of, among other things, tattooed female figures often wearing designs by master Horiyoshi III of Yokohama, are regarded as masterworks by those familiar with the tradition of Irezumi.
We had the pleasure and priviligie to meet the late master painter in the spring of 2010 when we payed him a short visit together with amongst others Horiren.
He will be sadly missed by all.
Kofuu and Senju
To see examples of his outstanding work, please go here