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Title

Kitayama cedars


Artist

MIYAKE Yasubumi

Japan

1937 -


About

Miyake is a Tokyo artist whose work exemplifies the piquant Japanese feeling for graphic design. In this clever image he has taken two 'kanji' (Chinese characters) and used them as the basis of his composition. The character for 'colour' is used for the green trees while the character for 'cryptomeria' appears in white serried rows across the green ground. The print reflects the artist's witty skill with typography in the repetitiveness and seemingly random placement of the 'kanji'. The beauty, versatility and layered meaning of 'kanji' are particularly exploited by graphic designers of Japan who can produce succinct yet devastatingly effective designs using only 'kanji' in ways as imaginative and varied as Miyake's.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 61.


Details


Alternative title

Kitayama sugi


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1990


Media category

Print


Materials used

screenprint


Edition

2/28


Dimensions

46.0 x 46.0 cm image; 60.0 x 60.0 cm sheet;


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Y. Miyake". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

442.1993


Artist information

MIYAKE Yasubumi

Works in the collection

2


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, 61, 69 (colour illus.). cat.no. 37