Print artists now draw on a wide repertoire of techniques: the definition of prints is constantly expanding as artists draw on computer graphics, photography and other more recent technologies, as well as the more established relief and intaglio techniques, to create their images.
Certainly Risho, born in Chiba Prefecture and now living in Kanagawa, is one of the modern artists using varied techniques to create strange new worlds suspended in ambiguous super-real spaces. In this print, exotic minarets with blazing windows indicate some form of intelligent life amongst the fantastic vegetation. The organic polyp forms point to a new nature: a further extension of the artificiality of traditional bonsai which at least used natural forms. Now even the organic shapes are artificial creations, manipulated in a new space. Such worlds as this prepare us for the future of virtual reality and other computer-generated simulated realities. Risho's aim is to create new worlds of fantasy and travel guides to them.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 65, 68.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
etching and aquatint
60.0 x 36.5 cm image; 74.0 x 50.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Shigeo Risho '90".
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 Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 65, 68, 78 (colour illus.). cat. no. 46