Saito has been producing his brilliantly coloured, streamlined abstract prints since the 1970s. Born in Fukuoka and educated at Musashino Art College, Saito now lives in Ibaraki Prefecture.
This print belongs to a series called 'Small Planet' in which Saito seeks to express the scenery of his inner thoughts. His prints are full of movement as he seeks to capture the vastness of aerial space. His images contain a multi-layering of disparate fragments, each one a frame freeze on the multitude of visual images, symbols, and interference patterns that visually assault us every day. The energy and power of modem technology, visible and invisible, pervades his futuristic world.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 68.
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Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
73.5 x 89.0 cm image; 79.3 x 97.1 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil " '90 Ryo Saitoh".
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 River Regional Art Gallery, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 68, 80 (colour illus.). cat. no. 48