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Title

Strokes 90-13

1990

Artist

Takeshi Hara

Japan

1942 -

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1990
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    lithograph
    Edition
    10/20
    Dimensions
    95.0 x 63.0 cm image; 100.0 x 120.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil "Takeshi Hara". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    416.1993
    Copyright
    © HARA Takeshi

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  • About

    Born in Nagoya, Hara graduated from the oil-painting department of the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music in 1967, and now lives in Tokyo.

    As with several other printmakers who emerged to prominence in the I970s, much of his work has been pristine, dispassionate and self-contained: pure, original design with no personal involvement. Hara sees only a marginal distinction between graphic design and prints; for him the goal was the final dispassionate design that existed as an original image.

    Hara has been working with the theme of strokes since the I970s. The strokes are paths of light, each one a range of intensities captured by Hara's magnificent technique of colour gradation. Hara prefers the screenprint and lithograph techniques for his prints because they allow him the flat coolness and perfect evenness he considers desirable. While throughout the 1970s and I980s his strokes were suspended on a blank ground, moving bands of pure light and colour, now in his recent work the strokes are fewer and contrasted against a soft, subtly expressive grey background. In such works he seems to introduce a more personal element, admitting that he wants to express the rhythm and timbre of his spirit through the strokes of his moving arm.

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

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    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication