Ansei UCHIMA

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 1959, 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.

Uchima, who had his roots both in Japan and the United States, is known to have advanced traditional techniques derived from ukiyo-e printmaking into what he called “weaves of colors.” This approach was used for his series Forest Byobu where he layered 45 color plates to create one print. The vivid colors, delicate gradations and dense layering of these works exude a refined sense of harmony. Uchima’s prints are full of a fresh and modern sensibility, contributing to their lasting appeal. Major collections holding his works are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum.

 


"Rondo"

1957
Woodcut print
Image size: 19.7×28.0cm
Sheet size: 22.8×31.0cm
Signed


"Tide Rhytm"

1957
Woodcut print
Image size: 37.6x170.5cm
Sheet size: 44.0x174.0cm
Ed.50
Signed


"Near The Water B"

1959
Woodcut print
Image size: 26.6x35.6cm
Sheet size: 31.5x39.1cm
Ed.50
Signed

 


Title Unknown

1969.12
Woodcut print
Image size: 5.0x5.0cm
Sheet size: 11.5x10.2cm
Signed


"Vertical Calm (Dawn)"

1972
Woodcut print
Image size: 75.8x26.8cm
Sheet size: 83.9x34.0cm
A.P.
Signed


"Twilight (Cobalt Blue)"

1973
Woodcut print
Image size: 45.5x16.0cm
Sheet size: 48.3x18.5cm
A.P.
Signed

 


"In Blue"

1973
Woodcut print
Image size:7.8x11.0cm
Sheet size: 20.2×25.3cm
Ed.200
Signed


"In Blue (Large)"

1975
Woodcut print
Image size: 47.7×74.0cm
Sheet size: 56.7×78.8cm
Ed. 30
Signed


"Forest Byobu (Light Mirror, Water Mirror)"

1977
Woodcut print
Image size: 46.3×70.7cm
Sheet size: 56.5×81.8cm
Ed. 50
Signed

 


"Window Nuance (Rose)"

1978
Woodcut print, Etching
Image size:30.0×22.0cm
Sheet size:37.5×28.5cm
A.P.
signed


"Ref."

1979.1
Woodcut print, Etching, Drawing
Image size: 29.4x21.8cm
Sheet size: 38.0x27.7cm
Signed


"Forest Byobu (Fall)"

1979
Woodcut print
Image size: 45.5×76.0cm
Sheet size: 54.5×86.3cm
A.P.
Signed

 


"Forest Byobu (Early Morning Sun)"

1980
Woodcut print
Image size: 49.8x81.0cm
Sheet size: 59.5x92.0cm
A.P.
Signed


"Forest Byobu (Spring Murmur)"

1980
Woodcut print
Image size: 48.0×80.5cm
Sheet size: 57.0×92.5cm
A.P.
Signed


Title Unknown

1982
Oil on canvas
Image size: 117.0x50.8cm
Signed

 


"Forest Byobu (Fragrance)"

1981
Woodcut print (Printed by Yoneda Minoru, Yoneda Hanga-Kobo)
Image size: 75.5×44.0cm
Sheet size: 85.3×53.2cm
Ed. 120
Gendai Hanga Center Edition
Signed


"Forest Weave (Twilight Weave A)"

1981
Woodcut print
Image size: 59.5×52.7cm
Sheet size: 71.0×60.0cm A.P.
Signed


"Forest Byobu (Autumnal Blend A)"

1980
Woodcut print
Image size: 53.0×20.8cm
Sheet size: 61.0×45.0cm
A.P.
Signed

 


"Forest Weave (Bathers-Fall)"

1982
Woodcut print
Image size: 75.5×40.8cm
Sheet size: 87.0×50.0cm
A.P.
Signed


"Summer Stream"

1962
Woodcut print
Image size: 37.0×50.2cm
Sheet size: 44.6×57.2cm
Ed. 200
Signed


"Forest Byobu (Steps)"

1980
Etching
Image size: 13.8x8.8cm
Sheet size: 28.4x25.0cm
A.P.
Signed

 


"Shrub Oak (Steps B - Black)"

1981
Etching
Image size: 14.0x11.5cm
Sheet size: 28.3x23.0cm
Signed


"Shrub Oak (Steps B - Green)"

1981
Etching
Image size: 14.0x11.5cm
Sheet size: 28.3x23.0cm
Signed


Title Unknown

1981
Etching, hand-colouring (Watercolor)
Image size: 7.5x9.5cm
Sheet size: 25.0x28.0cm
A.P.
Signed

 


"Self Portrait with flower (A)"

1982
Etching
Image size: 12.6x9.0cm
Sheet size: 28.9x27.8cm
Signed


"Self Portrait (D)"

1982
Etching
Image size: 7.6x8.0cm
Sheet size: 28.4x28.8cm
Signed


"Self Portrait (E)"

1982
Etching
Image size: 7.5x8.5cm
Sheet size: 28.7x28.2cm
Signed

 


"Two Roses"

1982
Etching
Image size: 14.0×11.0cm
Sheet size: 28.3×23.0cm
Signed


"Forest Byobu (Vermilion Blend)"

1981
Woodcut print
53.0×38.0cm
A.P.
Signed

 


"Forest Weave (Bathers-Autumn)"

1982
Woodcut print
Image size: 71.0×52.0cm
Sheet size: 84.5×60.0cm
A.P.
Signed


"An Emotion"

1959
Woodcut print
Image size: 40.8×30.2cm
Sheet size: 42.6×30.9cm

Signed


"Forest Byobu (Screen B)"

1978
Woodcut print
Image size: 47.0×71.0cm
Sheet size: 57.0×82.0cm
A.P.
Signed

 


"Hermit"

1957
Woodcut print
Image size: 77.1×41.0cm
Frame size: 96.3×58.4cm
Signed


"Shifting Horizon"

1960
Woodcut print
Image size: 31.0×41.0cm
Sheet size: 37.5×53.0cm
Ed. 15
Signed


"Early Summer Rain"

1961
Woodcut print
Image size: 50.5×38.cm
Sheet size: 61.5×45.5cm
A.P.
Signed

 


"Spring Snow"

1962
Woodcut print
Image size: 77.5×33.5cm
Frame size: 93.6×49.8cm
Signed


 


"Reflection in Rain"

1965
Woodcut print
Image size: 46.0×41.0cm
Sheet size: 49.5×44.0cm
Signed


"CITY LIGHTS"

1967
Woodcut print
Image size: 54.0×40.0cm
Sheet size: 60.0×45.5cm
Signed


"PASTORAL POEM"

1967
Woodcut print
Image size: 39.3×18.1cm
Sheet size: 44.8×30.6cm
Signed

 


"Ruins B"

1967
Woodcut print
Image size: 17.6×55.6cm
Sheet size: 22.6×60.1cm
Ed. 30
Signed


"SHORT POEM"

1967
Woodcut print
Image size: 55.6×17.6cm
Sheet size: 60.7×22.8cm
Signed


"SHORT POEM Black & Red"

1967
Woodcut print
Image size: 31.7×24.0cm
Sheet size: 44.6×31.1cm
Signed

 


"Time, Space-Horizontal B"

1969
Woodcut print
Image size: 35.5×75.8cm
Frame size: 55.5×95.5cm
Ed. 30
Signed


"In Space Pink"

1969
Woodcut print
Image size: 76.0×50.5cm
Sheet size: 84.0×57.0cm
Signed


"Space Landscape (C)"

1970-75
Woodcut print
Image size: 76.0×51.5cm
Sheet size: 79.5×58.5cm
Signed

 


"TWO SPHERES IN SPACE"

1971-73
Woodcut print
Image size: 76.0×52.0cm
Sheet size: 86.6×59.9cm
Ed. 30
Signed


"I-V Space Tranquility"

1972
Woodcut print
Image size: 70.6×53.1cm
Sheet size: 82.4×61.4cm
Signed


"Space Gesture"

1972-76
Woodcut print
Image size: 73.5×53.0cm
Sheet size: 78.5×58.0cm
Ed. 30
Signed

 


"Aretic Landscape"

1973-76
Woodcut print
Image size: 76.0×53.4cm
Sheet size: 83.7×61.3cm
Ed. 30
Signed


"Blue to White: Cascade"

1976-77
Woodcut print
75.8×28.5cm
Ed. 30
Signed


"Light Echo"

1977
Woodcut print
70.8×50.5cm
A.P.
Signed

 


"Westchester (November)"

1982
Etching
15.0×10.0cm
Ed. 104
Signed


"Impromptu A"

1968
Watercolors
27.9×38.0cm
Signed

 


"(Work)"

1982
Watercolor on paper
Image size:  8.0x6.7cm
Sheet size: 13.4x8.6cm
Signed
SOLD


"Unknown"

1982
Watercolor on paper
Image size: 8.5x6.0cm
Sheet size: 14.0x8.2cm
SOLD

 


"Forest Weave (Bathers-two-cobalt)"

1982
Oil on canvas
91.5x66.0cm
SOLD


"Forest Weave (Bathers-two-cobalt)"

1982
Woodcut print
Image size: 68.0×49.0cm
Sheet size: 82.0×57.0cm
A.P.
Signed
SOLD

 

◆"Hanga Shoshi Toki-no-Wasuremono" Vol.4 Satoru Kitago/Ansei Uchima




32.0×26.0cm, 24 pages
Silkscreen, unbound, cover: hot stamped
Edition A:
Ed.35
Includes 3 etchings by Satoru Kitago and 1 etching + 1 woodblock print by Ansei Uchima
(5 works total)
Edition B:
Ed.100
Includes 1 etching by Satoru Kitago and 1 etching by Ansei Uchima
(2 works total)

"Forest Byobu with Bouquet"

1979 (printed later in 2001)
Woodblock print
19.7×26.5cm
Ed.35
Stamped with artist's stamp
*Included in Edition A


"Rose One (B)"

1982 (printed later in 2001)
Etching
11.7×9.0cm
Ed.135
Stamped with artist's stamp
Included in Edition A/B


 

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 Exhibitions
2024
No.366)    Uchima Ansei ― Forest Byobu    5/17 - 6/1


2021
No.326)    Illustrated Book - Toki-no-Wasuremono Original Prints Exhibition    1/6 - 1/23

Web Exhibition - Exhibited works and gallery views


2018
No.301)    Uchima Ansei and Uchima Toshiko Exhibition    7/17 - 8/10


2015
No.266)    Ansei Uchima    8/25 - 9/5