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A distinguished senior printmaker, Amano has been creating his elegant, optically illusory systematic arrangements since the I950s. Educated at Aomori Prefectural Technical High School, but with no subsequent formal art education due to the turbulence of the post-war years, Amano now lives in Kanagawa. Through his concerns with technique and the qualities of wood, he has consistently produced abstract images of great technical perfection distinguished by his characteristic palette of green and red.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Amano has persisted with abstraction since the I950s and I960s, further refining and extending his images. Today his prints evoke a dreamlike world in which enigmatic spaces and subtle variations of form combine with free-floating ribbons of colour in a disembodied space of exceptional clarity and quietude.
Amano's series' titles, which incorporate words such as dream, memory and hallucination, reiterate his concern with the intangible.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, p. 21 & 24.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
55.0 x 85.0 cm image; 65.0 x 95.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Kunihiro Amano '90".
Gift of the artist 1993
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Urban Bonsai:
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992
- National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992
- Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992
- Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993
- The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993
- Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Emu Plains 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994
- Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994
- Moree Plains Gallery, Moree 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994
- Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 14 (colour illus.) 21, 24. cat.no. 2