Posted by hess on June 07, 1999 at 19:39:12:
In Reply to: TAKASHI vs. TADASHI Nakayama posted by Elizabeth on May 24, 1999 at 18:04:28:
: First, I want to thank everyone for being so helpful. As a beginning collector, I learn so much from this board, and regret I have nothing yet to contribute.
: Second, I am a bit confused between two artists, and I hope you can help me sort it out. I have recently seen Japanese artwork (primarily watercolors) listed by a TAKASHI Nakayama, with a bio that sounds like TADASHI Nakayama. However, the works listed under TAKASHI look nothing like the works of TADASHI (as seen in my Kappy Hendricks Nakayama catalog).
: Are these two different people, as I believe, and if so, is TAKASHI an equally respected and collected artist, or are the sellers mixing up names and bios?
First of all, Takashi Nakayama is a wonderful artist. The problem is that he was quite prolific and, unfortunately, there is limited reference and biography for him. Japanese watercolor collectors will not pay much for his work because of a lack of auction records and the artist's proclivity for "tourist" quality images.
Tadashi Nakayama is well-listed and referenced.
All the biography information that one sees is a confusion (mix-up) of Tadashi's reference info for
This is a common dilemna for researching Japanese artists who share last names and only sign their first initial.
The ultimate problem (and most frustrating for the potential buyer) is that sellers only use the pricing information of the more expensive and well-listed artist (Tadashi); thus often over- pricing a desirable (Takashi) obscurely-listed artist.
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