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Title

Anti-war


Artist

ISEKI Yô

Japan

1964 -


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1991


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodcut


Edition

1/5


Dimensions

70.0 x 100.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

425.1993


Artist information

ISEKI Yô

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Imants Krumins and Michael Thomas, Art starts: Art and design for Upper Secondary, 'Appropriation and abstraction', pg. 145-161, Singapore, 1999, 157, 159 (colour illus.), 164.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 36, 44 (colour illus.). cat.no. 20