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.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
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".
Gift of the artist 1993
Not on display
© HAMANISHI Katsunori
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
Unknown, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 29, 34 (colour illus.). cat.no. 11