Resident in Tokyo where he was educated at Nihon University, Iseki here produces a rare political print. The print is his response to the horror and pollution of the Gulf War expressed in the violent colourful and exaggerated style of an action comic. Japanese comics ('manga') are a pervasive and integral part of Japan's popular culture, a multi-billion dollar industry fervently read by everyone. 'Manga' run the gamut of the topical, the fantastic, the romantic, the horrible, and the futuristic, in potently telling their stories.
In this print Iseki has incorporated the well-known and popular comic character '0-ba Q (a play on 'O-bake', literally Honorable Ghost) in the lower right corner of his print, with the two characters for 'anti-war' written on his chest.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 36.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
70.0 x 100.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
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 River Regional Art Gallery 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995