AMANO Kunihiro

(Japan 1929 – )

After image 31

Location
Not on display
Further information

A distinguished senior printmaker, Amano has been creating his elegant, optically illusory systematic arrangements since the I950s. Educated at Aomori Prefectural Technical High School, but with no subsequent formal art education due to the turbulence of the post-war years, Amano now lives in Kanagawa. Through his concerns with technique and the qualities of wood, he has consistently produced abstract images of great technical perfection distinguished by his characteristic palette of green and red.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Amano has persisted with abstraction since the I950s and I960s, further refining and extending his images. Today his prints evoke a dreamlike world in which enigmatic spaces and subtle variations of form combine with free-floating ribbons of colour in a disembodied space of exceptional clarity and quietude.

Amano's series' titles, which incorporate words such as dream, memory and hallucination, reiterate his concern with the intangible.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, p. 21 & 24.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Heisei period 1989–
Year
1990
Media
Print
Medium
woodcut
Dimensions
55.0 x 85.0 cm image; 65.0 x 95.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Kunihiro Amano '90".
Credit
Gift of the artist 1993
Accession number
406.1993