(Japan 1933– )
45.0 x 45.0cm image; 61.0 x 61.0cm sheet
Endo is at the forefront of those artists incorporating the latest technology for image generation into the production of their own work. Born in Yamanashi Prefecture, educated at Kuwazawa Design Institute and now living in Tokyo, Endo continues to work as a graphic designer, producing highly finished, stylishly beautiful posters and graphics. It was only from the late 1970s that he began to produce prints, at which time he was well served by his rich experience as a designer, both technically and stylistically.
Endo considers photographs essential to his work and has been concentrating mainly on photographs of natural objects with which he creates visual illusions with the aid of computers. With his new desktop computer techniques he himself can develop the whole process of print production from concept to print, and he finds this ability to generate images quite revolutionary and challenging.
He enjoys spatial ambiguities and the transformation of photographic realities that he can elicit through his unique techniques. The objects that appear in his prints, often in strange juxtapositions, float free from gravity in their own spaces, illuminated by strange, transparent light. Endo is concerned with the process of transformation and with the creation of new time and spatial relationships. Whatever their individual title, all of his recent prints, including this one, belong to a series entitled 'Space and Space', an emphasis on his overriding concern.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 25, 28.
Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 25, 27 (colour illus.), 28. cat no. 8
The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, The Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Moree Plains Gallery, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995.