(Japan 1941– )
104.0 x 90.0cm image; 120.0 x 100.0cm sheet
Born in Miyasaki Prefecture in Kyushu, where he still lives, Kawabe was educated at Miyazaki University and Saga University of Education. His warmly coloured collage-style prints focus on young girls. In this print he contraposes an innocently naked young girl against the fragmented icons of the Doll Festival. The Doll Festival ('Hina Matsuri') is an annual event for girls held on the 3rd of March. 'Hina' dolls, which constitute a set representing emperor, empress, attendants and musicians in ancient court dress, are hierarchically arranged on tiered platforms, interspersed with miniature accessories and offerings; this practice of displaying dolls each year in the home dates back to the Edo period ( 1600-1867).
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 53, 56.
Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 49 (colour illus.), 53, 56. cat.no. 25
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.