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Title

Division-work No. 23


Artist

HAMANISHI Katsunori

Japan

1949 -


About

Now resident in Kanagawa Prefecture, Hamanishi was born in Hokkaido and studied at Tokai University, Tokyo. One of many artists now working with the mezzotint technique, Hamanishi's exceptional technical proficiency produces exemplary images that constitute distillations of sensory experience.

For centuries in Japan, the experience of manipulated nature, epitomised by the unnaturally stylised bonsai, has condensed man's aesthetic response to nature. In his prints Hamanishi develops even further the native Japanese predilection for the unnatural and contrived. In the modern urban environment where a diet of technologically sophisticated images has engendered a heightened visual sensitivity, simulation is the substitute for the real. Hamanishi's images are the modern urban metaphor for bonsai.

Hamanishi pushes his art to the limit, aiming for the absolute minimum of form, and the greatest subtlety of tone. By using the simplest composition - in this case the taut, truncated section of a branch that splits his composition - he seeks to generate enormous tension within his print.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 29.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1991


Media category

Print


Materials used

mezzotint


Edition

artist's proof


Dimensions

60.0 x 45.0 cm image; 74.0 x 53.0 cm sheet; 85.5 x 63.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "K. Hamanishi '91".


Credit

Gift of the artist 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

415.1993


Artist information

HAMANISHI Katsunori

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 29, 34 (colour illus.). cat.no. 11