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An image of Rainbow Hokusai, position "A" by AY-O


(Japan 1931 – )

Rainbow Hokusai, position "A"
Place of origin
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
Media category
Materials used
colour silkscreen

90.0 x 135.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.c.
Purchased 1971
Accession number
© Ay-o
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Contemporary prints', Sydney, 2003, 289 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

7th International Biennale of Graphic Prints: