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An image of On the evil soldiers by AKIYAMA Iwao

AKIYAMA Iwao

(Japan 1921 – )

Title
On the evil soldiers
Alternative title:
Aku no hyoeitachi no koto - Kassenfu
Place of origin
Japan
Year
Dec 1966
Media category
Collage
Materials used
paper collage, gouache and carbon ink
Edition
1/1
Dimensions

62.4 x 47.6 cm

Signature & date
Signed upper c., pencil Iwao [in Japanese] AKIYAMA [in Roman letters], Shôwa 41-nen 12-gatsu [Dec. 1966]
Credit
Gift of John Yu and George Soutter 2008
Accession number
206.2008
Location
Not on display
Further information

Akiyama Iwao was born in a small village in the South of Japan, in Oita prefecture on Kyushu Island. When he was 8 years old, he received drawing lessons from a Buddhist monk. Later he attended and graduated from the school of Taiheiyôgakai in 1956. Originally trained in oil painting, the young artist turned to woodblock printmaking when he met Munakata Shikô (1903-1975), one of the most influential exponents of the Mingei movement. Akiyama studied with him from 1959 to 1965. The influence of his master on his style is evident. This collage belongs to Akiyama's early works, which are rather rare today.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2008.