(Japan 1953 – )
59.0 x 35.5 cm image; 76.5 x 53.0 cm sheet; 86.0 x 63.0 cm frame
Kuroda's images of cyclists sheltering under umbrellas and speeding along in one direction have become synonymous with urban life in Japan. He has been producing prints on this one theme since the late 1970s and is internationally recognised for these intense images which capture the hectic, stressful and pointless race of modem life. In these images the figures have become dehumanised and isolated. The prints serve as an indictment of modern life.
As with many artists in this exhibition, Kuroda has revitalised the use of intaglio processes through new combinations and modifications. He was born and still lives in Yokohama, was educated at Tama Art University, and has exhibited extensively.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 61.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 61, 66 (colour illus.). cat.no. 35
The Urban Bonsai: