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Title

Anti-war

1991

Artist

Iseki Yō

Japan

1964 –

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1991
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodcut
    Edition
    1/5
    Dimensions
    70.0 x 100.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    425.1993
    Artist information
    Iseki Yō

    Works in the collection

    1

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  • About

    Resident in Tokyo where he was educated at Nihon University, Iseki here produces a rare political print. The print is his response to the horror and pollution of the Gulf War expressed in the violent colourful and exaggerated style of an action comic. Japanese comics ('manga') are a pervasive and integral part of Japan's popular culture, a multi-billion dollar industry fervently read by everyone. 'Manga' run the gamut of the topical, the fantastic, the romantic, the horrible, and the futuristic, in potently telling their stories.

    In this print Iseki has incorporated the well-known and popular comic character '0-ba Q (a play on 'O-bake', literally Honorable Ghost) in the lower right corner of his print, with the two characters for 'anti-war' written on his chest.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 36.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications