Ansei UCHIMA Exhibition

August 25 Tue. - September 5 Sat. 2015, 12:00-19:00
GALLERY OPEN ON ALL DAYS



Ansei UCHIMA (1921-2000), who was born in California to a family of immigrants from Okinawa, came to Japan on the recommendation of a relative just before the outbreak of the Pacific War. He enrolled at Waseda University (Tokyo) to study architecture. Calling the two countries of the United States and Japan his home, Uchima later ventured into a career as a print artist. Back in the U.S. after the end of the war, Uchima taught at universities and advanced traditional techniques derived from ukiyo-e printmaking into what he called “weaves of colors.” Uchima’s prints are full of a fresh and modern sensibility, contributing to their lasting appeal. Major collections in the United States are holding his works.

Woodblock prints are quite literally "pictures from the block." Sheet by sheet, they are handmade by applying each color from a separate block with a "baren" tool (rubbing pad). The simplicity and unpretentious appeal of the works, usually produced in small editions, often derives from the relatively limited number of colors. Some claim that the beauty of woodblock printing is lost when too many colors are employed. However, Uchima’s most representative series, "Forest Byobu," relies on the layering of up to 45 different color blocks. The vivid colors, delicate gradations and dense layering of these works exude a refined sense of harmony. They reflect a particularly Okinawan sense of color that Uchima probably inherited from his family background. Last year in September, the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum held the retrospective "Ansei Uchima: A Symphony of Colors and Wind" which included Uchima’s prints from early works of 1955 to 1982, when he ceased to produced them, but also his ink paintings, watercolors, collages, pastel drawings, oil paintings and etchings. The current exhibition at Toki-no-Wasuremono presents about 30 color woodblock prints.

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Ansei UCHIMA (1921-2000)
Uchima was born 1921 in Stockton, California. In 1940, he went to Tokyo to study architecture at Waseda University. After the war, Uchima met the sosaku hanga artist Onchi Koshiro, and began to venture into abstract woodblock printing. He held his first solo exhibition at Yoseido Gallery (Tokyo) in 1955. In 1960, he relocated to New York, where he received twice a Guggenheim Fellowship for print artists (1962 and 1970). Uchima taught at Sarah Lawrence College, and held a position as an adjunct professor of printmaking at Columbia University. He died in 2000, aged 79.
Ansei UCHIMA Exhibition:
List of works / August 25 (Tue) - September 5 (Sat)
No.
Image
Title
Date
Medium
Measurement
Edition
Sign
1
"Forest Weave (Bathers-two-cobalt)"
1982
Oil on canvas
91.5×66.0cm
Signed
2
"Forest Weave (Bathers-two-cobalt)"
1982
Woodblock print
Image size: 68.0×49.0cm

Sheet size: 82.0×57.0cm
Signed
3
"Hermit"
1957
Woodblock print
Image size: 77.1×41.0cm

Frame size: 96.3×58.4cm
Signed
4
"Shifting Horizon"
1960
Woodblock print
Image size: 31.7×24.0cm

Sheet size: 53.0×38.0cm
Ed.15
Signed
5
"Early Summer Rain"
1961
Woodblock print
Image size: 50.5×38.cm

Sheet size: 61.5×45.5cm
Signed
6
"Spring Snow"
1962
Woodblock print
Image size: 77.5×33.5cm

Frame size: 93.6×49.8cm
Signed
7
"Summer Stream"
1962
Woodblock print
Image size: 38.0×51.0cm

Sheet size: 44.6×57.2cm
Ed.200
Signed
8
"Space & Movement"
1963
Woodblock print
Image size: 42.3×81.0cm

Sheet size: 45.5×87.6cm
Ed.30
Signed
9
"Reflection in Rain"
1965
Woodblock print
Image size: 46.0×41.0cm

Sheet size: 49.5×44.0cm
Signed
10
"CITY LIGHTS"
1967
Woodblock print
Image size: 54.0×40.0cm

Sheet size: 60.0×45.5cm
Signed
11
"PASTORAL POEM"
1967
Woodblock print
Image size: 39.3×18.1cm

Sheet size: 44.8×30.6cm
Signed
12
"Ruins B"
1967
Woodblock print
Image size: 17.6×55.6cm

Sheet size: 22.6×60.1cm
Ed.30
Signed
13
"SHORT POEM"
1967
Woodblock print
Image size: 55.6×17.6cm

Sheet size: 60.7×22.8cm
Signed
14
"SHORT POEM Black & Red"
1967
Woodblock print
Image size: 31.7×24.0cm

Sheet size: 44.6×31.1cm
Signed
15
"Time, Space-Horizontal B"
1969
Woodblock print
Image size: 35.5×75.8cm

Frame size: 55.5×95.5cm
Ed.30
Signed
16
"In Space Pink"
1969
Woodblock print
Image size: 76.0×50.5cm

Sheet size: 84.0×57.0cm
Signed
17
"Space Landscape (C)"
1970-75
Woodblock print
Image size: 76.0×51.5cm

Sheet size: 79.5×58.5cm
Signed
18
"TWO SPHERES IN SPACE"
1971-73
Woodblock print
Image size: 76.0×52.0cm

Sheet size: 86.6×59.9cm
Ed.30
Signed
19
"I-V Space Tranquility"
1972
Woodblock print
Image size: 70.6×53.1cm

Sheet size: 82.4×61.4cm
Signed
20
"Space Gesture"
1972-76
Woodblock print
Image size: 73.5×53.0cm

Sheet size: 78.5×58.0cm
Ed.30
Signed
21
"Aretic Landscape"
1973-76
Woodblock print
Image size: 76.0×53.4cm

Sheet size: 83.7×61.3cm
Ed.30
Signed
22
"IN BLUE (DAI)"
1975
Woodblock print
Image size: 47.7×73.6cm

Sheet size: 57.0×78.8cm
Ed.30
Signed
23
"Forest Byobu
(Autumn)"
1979
Woodblock print
Image size: 45.5×76.0cm
Sheet size: 55.0×88.0cm
Signed
24
"FOREST BYOBU (FRAGRANCE)"
1981
Woodblock print
Image size: 76.0×44.0cm

Sheet size: 83.6×51.0cm
Ed.120
Signed
25
"FOREST BYOBU (TWILIGHT WEAVE) A"
1981
Woodblock print
Image size: 59.5×52.7cm

Sheet size: 71.0×60.3cm
Signed
26
"FOREST WEAVE (Bathers-Fall)"
1982
Woodblock print
Image size: 75.8×41.0cm

Sheet size: 86.5×50.0cm
Signed
27
"Forest Byobu with Bouquet"
*Included in "Hanga Shouhi Vol.4" Ver.A
Woodblock made in 1979
(Printed in 2001)
Woodblock print
Image size: 19.7×26.5cm

Sheet size: 24.0×31.4cm
Ed.35
(Initial edition of 10 were printed by the artist)
Signed
28
"Rose One (B)"
*Included in "Hanga Shouhi Vol.4" Ver.A/B
Woodblock made in 1982
(Printed in 2001)
Etching
Image size: 11.7×9.0cm

Sheet size: 32.0×25.6cm
Ed.135
(Initial edition of 10 were printed by the artist)
Signed
29
"Forest Byobu (steps)"
1980
Etching
Image size: 14.3×9.3cm

Sheet size: 28.4×25.0cm
Signed
30
"Shrub Oak (steps) B (Black)"
1981
Etching
Image size: 14.5×11.8cm

Sheet size: 28.3×22.8cm
Signed
31
"Shrub Oak (steps) B (Green)"
1981
Etching
Image size: 14.4×12.0cm

Sheet size: 28.3×23.0cm
Signed
32
"Two Roses"
1982
リEtching
Image size: 14.0×11.0cm

Sheet size: 28.3×23.0cm
Signed
33
"Self Portrait with flower (A)"
1982
Etching
Image size: 12.6×9.0cm

Sheet size: 28.9×27.8cm
Signed
34
"Self Portrait (D)"
1982
Etching
Image size: 7.6×8.0cm

Sheet size: 28.4×28.8cm
Signed
35
"Self Portrait (E)"
1982
Etching
Image size: 7.5×8.5cm

Sheet size: 28.7×28.2cm
Signed

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