(Japan 1931 – )
90.0 x 135.0 cm
AY-O, whose unusual name is written with two obscure Chinese characters meaning 'cloud trailing nausea' (a jokey name), was born Iijima Takao in Ibaragi Prefecture, graduated from Tokyo University of Education and now lives in Tokyo. AY-O is of the generation of younger Japanese printmakers who rejected traditional woodblock techniques, preferring the medium of silkscreen, and looked to the West for new ideas, particularly the USA. The decade 1960-70 saw a lot of young Japanese printmakers, including AY-O, living and working in America. AY-O, as obvious from his preference for bright, bold juxtapositioning of colours, was much influenced by Pop Art. In subjects his prints range from the figurative to the abstract, all depicted in his distinctive rainbow bands of colour. AY-O has been active with the Fluxus group since 1962, along with such artists as Nam June Paik and Yoko Ono, and was one of the leading figures of Japanese printmaking in the 1970s.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1986.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Contemporary prints', Sydney, 2003, 289 (colour illus.).
7th International Biennale of Graphic Prints: