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Division-work No. 23



Katsunori Hamanishi


1949 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Media category
    Materials used
    artist's proof
    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
    Accession number
    © HAMANISHI Katsunori

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    Artist information
    Katsunori Hamanishi

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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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Bank Art Museum Moree, Moree, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah, 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication