- Place where the work was made
- Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
- Media category
- Materials used
- 50.5 x 74.0 cm image; 56.5 x 76.5 cm sheet; 70.0 x 90.0 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Avito Koyama '90".
- Gift of the artist 1993
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
For Koyama the screenprint is the catalyst for delving into his own feelings and communicating his response to what inspires and excites him. His subject is landscape, specifically the dry river landscape near where he now resides in Saitama Prefecture. Koyama photographs this landscape himself, entrusting his body to nature, responding to the breezes through the grasses
and the light reflected from the sparkling clouds
After he has printed a photograph, he mentally breaks it down into its component colours. He then produces his prints by layering veils of the colour over his original photograph thus transforming the landscape photograph into a unique image. Each application of colour transforms and personalises the original even more, akin to religious homage as he seeks to articulate through each layer his own heart, his own instincts, probing his response to the landscape. The objectivity of the photographed landscape is personalised through the almost painterly layers of abstraction, and the viewer's cognitive faculties are challenged by the plurality of the work. The transmission poles that are a fixed feature of his serially titled landscapes reinforce the metaphor of invisible electromagnetic fields transmitting the as yet unspoken and unseen.
Koyama was born in Okayama Prefecture, educated at the Sokei Academy of Fine Arts and has participated in many print exhibitions.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 60.
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
- Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, 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
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 59 (colour illus.), 60. cat.no. 32