Iseki Yô

(Japan 1964 – )

Anti-war

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Heisei period 1989–
Year
1991
Media
Print
Medium
woodcut
Dimensions
70.0 x 100.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of the artist 1993
Accession number
425.1993