SAITÔ Kiyoshi

(Japan 1907 – 1997)

Signal (A)

Location
Not on display
Further information

Saitô Kiyoshi was born in Sakamoto, Fukushima prefecture. He studied Western-style painting at the Hongô Painting Institute and exhibited his oil paintings with various art groups and societies. After having a print accepted by the Kokugakai ("National Picture Association"), Saitô began to seriously pursue printmaking. After steadily gaining recognition, he won first prize in 1951 at the Sao Paulo, Brazil international biennale exhibition. Saitô admired Piet Mondrian, and some of his views of buildings and temples seem to display that influence in their simplified forms. Saitô's prints have been especially popular in the west, although his works are appreciated in Japan as well. The focus of this print, which is mainly absorbed in different shades of black ink, is the red signal lamp that regulates the various rail tracks at an intersection.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2008.

Place of origin
Japan
Year
1962
Media
Print
Medium
woodblock print, colour on paper
Dimensions
60.2 x 44.5 cm image; 63.2 x 48.4 cm sheet
Credit
Gift of John Yu and George Soutter 2008
Accession number
205.2008