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Title

Rainbow Hokusai, position "A"


Artist

AY-O

Japan

1931 -


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

(1970)


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour silkscreen


Dimensions

90.0 x 135.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.c.


Credit

Purchased 1971


Location

Not on display


Accession number

127.1971


Artist information

AY-O

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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