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Title

Division-work No. 23

1991

Artist

Katsunori Hamanishi

Japan

1949 -

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1991
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    mezzotint
    Edition
    artist's proof
    Dimensions
    60.0 x 45.0 cm image; 74.0 x 53.0 cm sheet; 85.5 x 63.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "K. Hamanishi '91".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    415.1993
    Copyright
    © HAMANISHI Katsunori

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  • About

    Now resident in Kanagawa Prefecture, Hamanishi was born in Hokkaido and studied at Tokai University, Tokyo. One of many artists now working with the mezzotint technique, Hamanishi's exceptional technical proficiency produces exemplary images that constitute distillations of sensory experience.

    For centuries in Japan, the experience of manipulated nature, epitomised by the unnaturally stylised bonsai, has condensed man's aesthetic response to nature. In his prints Hamanishi develops even further the native Japanese predilection for the unnatural and contrived. In the modern urban environment where a diet of technologically sophisticated images has engendered a heightened visual sensitivity, simulation is the substitute for the real. Hamanishi's images are the modern urban metaphor for bonsai.

    Hamanishi pushes his art to the limit, aiming for the absolute minimum of form, and the greatest subtlety of tone. By using the simplest composition - in this case the taut, truncated section of a branch that splits his composition - he seeks to generate enormous tension within his print.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 29.

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    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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    Referenced in 1 publication