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Farmhouse beams and kettle hook hanger



Kitaoka Fumio


1918 – 2007

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Hari to rokagi
    Place where the work was made
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Media category
    Materials used
    54.0 x 84.0 cm image; 63.0 x 93.0 cm sheet; 73.3 x 103.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Fumio Kitaoka 1991".

    Gift of the artist 1993
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of KITAOKA Fumio

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    Artist information
    Kitaoka Fumio

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  • About

    Kitaoka was born in Tokyo and was educated at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music where he studied woodblock printing under Un'ichi Hiratsuka ( 1895-?). He is one of the more senior artists in this exhibition. After the Second World War and a stint in Manchuria he furthered his study under Onchi of the 'sosaku hanga' movement, becoming more interested in an art of pure colour and form. From the 1950s Kitaoka travelled and exhibited extensively.

    This print is a fine example of his oeuvre, demonstrating his mastery of the traditional woodblock techniques, and his fine sense of colour and pattern. He created this print after visiting an old farmhouse in Takayama where he was moved by the strength and beauty of the wooden ceiling beams, and taken with the traditional structural beauty of the hanger for the kettle hook ('jizai-gake') which was used to hang the perennial iron pot over the open hearth that was the centre of the Japanese rural home.

    Kitaoka takes pleasure in contrasting the geometrical structure of the ascending beams with the roughly hewn curve of the kettle hook.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 57.

  • 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

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