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Title

A corner

1956


Artist

HAMADA Chimei

Japan

1917 -


About

Among the postwar Japanese print artists, few share the distinct style and sentiment of Hamada's art. Hamada is unique among Japanese print artists in his graphic depictions of the grim realities of war and tragedy. He is probably best known for his series 'Elegy of raw recruits' which was based on his own experience as a soldier, and in which he bitterly exposed the inhuman aspects of the army. The series won the second prize at the Lugarno International Print Exhibition in 1956.

Hamada graduated from the oil painting course at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. After WWII Hamada began to study etching under Komai Tetsuro and Sekino Jun'ichiro, two of the best known artists working in copperplate techniques. Unlike the works of his two teachers, which are usually serene, his works are disturbing, delving into the dark side of the human psyche and society. After completing the 'Elegy of raw recruits' series, he responded to the particular postwar political developments, namely the resurgence of nationalism and power in wrong hands. His more recent works depict the alienation of human beings from society which controls them.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1995.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1956


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching and aquatint


Edition

4/50


Dimensions

22.2 x 14.9 cm image; 36.4 x 27.3 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil, inscribed "Chimei Hamada". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

506.1995


Artist information

HAMADA Chimei

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


AJIOKA, Hanga: Japanese creative prints, '1930s-1950s: Consolidation of Hanga and the individualists', pg. 70-98, Sydney, 2000, 76 (colour illus.), 99, 109. cat.no. 4.5

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Contemporary prints', Sydney, 2003, 288 (colour illus.).