My Collection: Jigoku Dayu (Hell Courtesan) 1 Print by Junko Mizuno

I recently picked up this Junko Mizuno print “Jigoku Dayu (Hell Courtesan) 1” from Gallery Nucleus and thought it would be fun to post a review here. The entire show, entitled Rising, is worth checking out; it’s probably my favorite Mizuno show so far.

As for the print it is a Giclee and is a signed, numbered, limited edition of 100 with a total print size of 24″ x 18″ and 3″ of white space all around. The cost before shipping is $150 which is entirely reasonable and it surprises me that any are left in stock as of this writing. I am intensely jealous slash proud to say that a friend of mine owns the original; just wanted to toss that out there </humblebrag>.

First, the amount of white space around the print is very much appreciated. When you frame a large print – and this doesn’t seem large until you see it in person and realize that it’s huge – you generally want a larger frame to balance the weight of the piece. This usually means leaving a good 2″ of border and matting it so that there’s space between the print image and the thick frame.

The image itself seems to be reproduced at actual size, but in person the detail seems slightly blurred or off; I had assumed the had enlarged the image slightly for the print. It’s not a deal breaker, considering the price, but still. Also, the original (like so many Mizuno pieces) uses gold metallic. It reproduces will enough into a print, but it would have added something if gold detail had actually been added post-production. Those are my only gripes though and they are relatively minor.

On the whole though I’m thrilled to have this print in my collection and I can’t wait to see it framed.

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