Weekly Special Collection:
There will be Tetsuro KOMAI Exhibition held at The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama from Tuesday 12th September to Monday 9th October.
At Watanuki Ltd., we will exhibit around 12 works, prints and poem collections by the artist.
■Tetsuro KOMAI (1920-1976)
Born 1920 in Tokyo, Japan. Begun to learn a Copperplate printing from Takeo NISHIDA in 1935. He graduated the Tokyo Art School in 1942. After the World War II he exhibited works as a member of the Nihon Hanga Kyokai (Japanese Print Society) and Shunyokai artists’ association and also contributed prints to a variety of exhibitions. In 1951 he received an award in the first São Paulo Biennale for a representative work of his early period, Momentary Illusion, the same exhibition where Saitô Kiyoshi received an award (and had his breakthrough as an artist) with Steady Gaze. In the following year he was also given an award at the Lugano International Print Biennial. In 1953 he had his first solo exhibition at Shiseido Gallery. From 1954 to 1955 he studied in Paris. The opening exhibition of the Minami Gallery in 1956 was the Tesuro KOMAI Exhibition. From 1972 to 1976, he lectured at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Komai played a significant role in the promotion of Copperplate printing as an art form in the post-war Japan. He died in 1976 at the age of 56.
"Praise to Koshiro Onchi"
Aquatint (Zinc etching)
*Raissone No.309 (Bijutsu Shuppan-sha)