Born in 1937, Tamami Shima is a
well-regarded woman sosaku hanga artist born in
Hirosaki; she graduated from Tokyo Women's University of
Arts in 1958.
Her work was included in James
Michener's 1962 seminal book and print portfolio The
Modern Japanese Print. She was known to have used
plywood blocks to impart textures to her work, which
included approximately sixty works during her lifetime.
Her works are in many museum
collections including SFMOMA, the Portland Art Museum, LACMA,
the British Museum, the Smithsonian, and the National
Gallery of Australia.
She died in 1999.