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Ichiro Tsuruta

On this page: 1000 pieces - More about the puzzles - About the artist

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The Epoch series of puzzles by this very stylish artist has now long gone, so it is good to see a new series from Appleone...

Puzzle box Starting the puzzle

These puzzles come in a sleek black box, with the artist's name in gold on the top, inside a slipcase. The box includes dividers so you can use it for sorting pieces, and afterwards as a handy container for knick-knacks.

I chose to do "Scarlet declaration", which is probably the hardest of the set - there are basically only four colours: black, pale flesh, white, and red (to name them in the order I took!)... But Appleone puzzles have a very nice cut: without the pieces looking totally unreasonable, there is a huge variation in shape, so even for areas of uniform colour, finding pieces is not easy, but never tedious. There's also the fun of finding the "Apple" piece, of course.

Ichiro Tsuruta

Born in 1954, Ichiro Tsuruta grew up in the lush natural surroundings of Kumamoto (Kyushu). He attended Tama Art University in Tokyo, and after a period of Western-influenced realism, began to develop his own distinctive style - his portraits of women combine elements from Japanese art with inspiration from Art Deco. His place as a leading commercial artist was confirmed by the success of his advertising images for Noevir cosmetics in 1987.

He signs his art "Ichiro T", emphasising his given name, as is traditional, but writing in Roman letters.

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For reference: you can view all the Tsuruta puzzles that are out of print in the Attic.

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