Q Ei

Q Ei, whose early work was done under his real name of Hideo Sugita, was born in Miyazaki Prefecture in 1911. At age 15, his criticism started appearing in the art magazines "Atelier" and "Mizue". Q Ei’s first collection of photo-dessins, was published in 1936 as "The Reason for Sleep" (Nemuri No Riyu). In 1937, he set up the art organization "Free Art Association" (Jiyu Bijutsu Kyokai). As to criticize the established public group and Japan art world, he set up "Democratic Artists Association" in 1951.

Q Ei had great influence among the young Japanese artists at that time such as Ay-O, Masuo IKEDA, Yukihisa ISOBE, On KAWARA, and Eikoh HOSOE. He challenged various medium such as oil paintings, photo-dessins, prints, and created a unique world of art. He died in 1960 at the age of 48.

 

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"Hand"

1957
Oil sprayed on wooden board
46.4×38.3cm (F8)
Published in Yamada Mitsuharu, Oil Paintings by Q Ei (1977), cat. no. 286; and Miyazaki Prefectural Museum et. al., Celebrating his Centenary: Q Ei, exh. cat. / raisonné for works in oil (2011), cat. 346.


"Scenery"

Oil on Board
23.7x33.0cm (F4)
Signed


"A doll and a bottle"

Oil painting
38.0x45.0cm (F8)



"Work-B"

1935
Oil on board
29.0x24.0cm (F3)
Published in Yamada Mitsuharu, Oil Paintings by Q Ei (1977), cat. no. 19.


"Communications Museum A"

1941
Oil paint
46.0x61.1cm


"Flowers"

1950
Oil paint
45.5x38.2cm



"Work"

1950
Photo-dessin (photogram)
27.8×22.0cm
Signed

SOLD


"Work"

Photo-dessin (photogram)
29.5×24.0cm
SOLD


"Work"

Photo-dessin (photogram)
30.8×25.0cm

SOLD


"Three people"

1950
Photo-dessin (photogram)
55.2x45.5cm
Signed and dated

 


"Child"

Photo-dessin (photogram)
25.2x18.9cm


"Work"

c. 1954
Photo-dessin (photogram)
20.1x25.3cmm
Signed by Mrs. Q Ei (Miyako Taniguchi)

"Work"

Photo-dessin (photogram)
40.8x31.9cm



"Work"

1950
Photo-dessin (photogram)
30.0x24.7cm
Signed and Dated

SOLD

"Work"

1958
Photo-dessin (photogram)
25.3x20.2cm
Signed and Dated


"Work"

Photo-dessin (photogram)
28.0x22.8cm
Signed Miyako Sugita on sticker
SOLD


"Work"

Photo-dessin (photogram)
29.5x23.3cm

SOLD

"Vestige"

1936
Photo-dessin
Image size: 29.0x22.6cm
Sheet size: 30.2x25.0cm
Signed by Miyako TANIGUCHI (Mrs.Q Ei) on the back
*Recoreded on the page 140 in "Q Ei Collections" published by Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha.


"Voice"

c.1937
Photo collage
23.3x27.7cm


From "Reason of Sleep (set of 10 works) *set of 9 works (1 work missing)

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
26.3x21.7cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
26.7x21.7cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
26.7x21.7cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
21.7x26.7cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
26.7x21.7cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
21.7x26.4cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
26.7x22.0cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
26.7x21.1cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
21.7x26.7cm
Ed.40


"Target"

1956
Water colors, pencil
Image size: 23.3x19.8cm
Sheet size: 28.0x24.2cm
Signed and dated

"Work"

1955
Watercolor
27.2x24.1cm
Signed

"Work"

Watercolor on Paper
28.0x23.5cm
Stamp signed


"Work"

1954
Watercolor on paper
19.0x14.0cm
Signed


"Fruits"

Watercolor on paper
24.2x27.2cm
Signed

"Picture plate and brushes"

Watercolor on color paper
23.0x27.0cm
Signed by the artist


"Work"

Pen dessin
Image size: 28.5x18.0cm
Sheetsize: 35.1x24.9cm
Pen signed

"Work"

Pen on Paper
18.4x11.8cm

"Work"

Pencil on Paper
10.4x8.0cm


"Work"

1951
Pencil on Paper
23.3x14.9cm
Dated on the back

"Work"

Pen on Paper
12.5x22.2cm
Signed


"Work"

1958
Pen and paper
23.1x15.0cm
Signed



"Work"

Pen on paper
11.5x15.0cm
Signed


"From dessin collection of love"

1935
Pen on paper
Sheet size: 21.4x14.6cm
Written "made in 1935 (Collection of love dessin)" on the back


"Work"

Pen on paper
Sheet size: 28.0x23.5cm
Stamp signed


"CARNET CROQUIS" (1)

Sketch book
28.5x24.7cm
Pencil and stamp signed


"CARNET CROQUIS" (2)

Sketch book
28.5x24.7cm
Pencil and stamp signed



"Work"

1937
Pencil and spray
Image size: 25.5x21.5cm
Sheet size: 28.5x25.0cm
Signed

"Work"

c. 1936
Sprayed on paper
27.4x23.0cm
Stamp signed

"Work"

Sprayed on Paper
Image size: 35.5x31.2cm
Sheet size: 39.7x31.2cm
Stamp signed
Works on both sides.


"Profile"

1951
Lithograph
Image size: 22.0x17.0cm
Sheet size: 27.0x23.0cm
Ed.4
Signed


"Morning table"

1956
Lithograph
Image size: 40.0x28.0cm
Sheet size: 56.0x37.6cm
Ed.5
Signed


"Bell's sound"

1957
Lithograph
38.0x26.0cm
Ed.20
Stamp signed
*Raisonne No.109



"Fly"

1957
Lithograph
Image size: 40.0x27.0cm
Sheet size: 54.2x28.4cm
Ed.50
Signed


"Hill"

1956
Lithograph
Image size: 38.5x29.0cm
Sheet size: 54.4x38.3cm
Ed.12
Signed


"Take off"

1957
Lithograph
Image size: 32.0x21.0cm
Sheet size: 54.3x38.5cm
Ed.22(A.P.)
Signed



"Night of the ball"

1957
Lithograph
Image size: 30.5x22.0cm
Sheet size: 38.5x26.9cm

"Sunday"

1957
Lithograph
Image size: 37.0x51.0cm
Sheet size: 48.5x66.5cm
Signed


"Cloud"

1957
Lithograph
Image size: 36.0x52.0cm
Sheet size: 49.1x66.0cm
Stamp signed



"Pierrot"

1956
Lithograph
Image size: 40.0x26.5cm
Sheet size: 52.5x38.3cm
E.A.
Signed


"Drama in the forest"

1956
Lithograph
Image size: 24.5x41.0cm
Sheet size: 38.6x54.5cm
Ed.20
Signed


"Kazari"

1956
Lithograph
36.0x24.5cm
Ed.8
Endorsement by Mrs. Q Ei
*Raisonne No.51



"Landing"

1957
Lithograph
Image size: 46.3x30.2cm
Frame size: 62x47cm
Ed.20
Signed by the artist and dated
*Raisonne No.97


"Garden"

1957
Lithograph
33.5x21.0cm
E.P.
Signed


"June"

1957
Lithograph
33.5x23.0cm
Ed.22
Signed



"Parasol"

1956
Lithograph
36.0x23.0cm
Ed.5
Signed by Miyako TANIGUCHI on th back
*Raisonne No.14


"Skate"

1956
Lithograph
35.5x25.5cm
Ed.10
Signed by Miyako TANIGUCHI on th back
*Raisonne No.47


"Bird's dream"

1956
Lithograph
38.5x26.0cm
Edtion not known
Signed by the artist
*Raisonne No.23



"Boat"

1956
Lithograph
36.0x24.0cm
Ed.6
Signed by Miyako TANIGUCHI on th back
*Raisonne No.48




"Happy family"

1952
Etching
Image size: 17.2x13.4cm
Sheet size: 25.2x20.0cm

"Mystery"

1956
Copperplate
Image size: 18.3x12.0cm
Sheet size: 28.0x17.7cm
Endorsed by Mrs. Q Ei

"Sea"

1955
Copperplate
Image size: 10.6x6.8cm
Sheet size: 19.7x13.6cm
Ed.3
Endorsed by Mrs. Q Ei


"Birds and animals"

1951
Etching (Artist's print)
28.5x24.0cm
Ed.1 (or maybe few prints)
*Hayashi Graphic Press No.14

"Bird of love"

Etching (Artist's print)
15.0x9.0cm
Ed.5
Pencil signed and dated
*Mrs. Q Ei private copperplate raisonne No.186
*Hayashi Graphic Press No.214

"Back-to-back from "Small devils"

1952
Copper print (printed by artist)
Image size: 14.5x13.0cm
Sheet size: 28.2x22.5cm



"White horn"

1954
Copper print (printed by artist)
Image size: 23.6x18.2cm
Sheet size: 36.8x25.7cm
Ed.25


"Complex"

1956
Copper print
23.2x18.2cm
Ed.5
Signed


"Erotica (Dawn)"

1951
Copper print (printed by artist)
Image size: 14.3x7.4cm
Sheet size: 26.5x22.4cm
Signed



"Imagination"

1953
Copper print (printed by artist)
13.3x7.7cm
E.A.1


"Group of mermaids"

1952
Copper print
11.0x7.6cm
E.A.10
Signed by the artist


"Affection"

1952
Copper print (printed by artist)
11.8x9.2cm
E.A.1
Signed by the artist



"Past"

Printed in 1974
Original printed in 1953
Copper print
36.4x26.8cm
Ed.60 (original:E.A.2)
Stamp signed
Hayashi Graphics version


"Malicious"

1953
Image size: 36.2x26.8cm
Sheet size: 44.8x30.8cm
Signed
*First state


"A flower of a lake"

1956
Etching
Image size: 17.8x12.0cm
Sheet size: 32.1x24.1cm
Stamp signed


"Vase"

Copper print
Printed by artist. (Edition not known)
7.6x5.3cm 
Signed by the artist and dated


"Dance of a Bird"

Printed in 1969 by Masuo IKEDA
Original printed in 1955
Copper print
17.8x12.0cm
Ed.50
Stamp signed

"Circle"

Printed in 1969 by Masuo IKEDA
Original printed in 1954
Copper print
23.6x18.0cm
Ed.50
Stamp signed


"Walk A"

Printed in 1969 by Masuo IKEDA
Original printed in 1952
Copper print
18.0x13.4cm
Ed.50
Stamp signed

"Flowers of Cloud B"

Printed in 1969 by Masuo IKEDA
Original printed in 1954
Copper print
10.8x9.0cm
Ed.50
Stamp signed

"Bottom of the Sea"

Printed in 1969 by Masuo IKEDA
Original printed in 1953
Copper print
21.0x13.6cm
Ed.50
Stamp signed


"Poem"

Printed in 1969 by Masuo IKEDA
Original printed in 1953
Copper print, aquatint
23.6x18.0cm
Ed.50
Stamp signed

"Fish"

Printed in 1969 by Masuo IKEDA
Original printed in 1954
Copper print
23.7x18.0cm
Ed.50
Stamp signed

"White Horn"

Printed in 1969 by Masuo IKEDA
Original printed in 1954
Copper print
23.7x18.1cm
Ed.50
Stamp signed


"Tree"

"Little mermaid"

"Signal B"


"work 1 Yellow"

1950c
Woodcut
18.9x12.6cm
Printed by the artist (Edition not known)
Signed by Miyako SUGITA

"work 2 Yellow and green"
Work 2

1950c
Woodcut
18.9x12.6cm
Printed by the artist (Edition not known)
Signed by Miyako SUGITA


"Photo-dessin stencil16"

Printing paper cutout
30.4x25.3cm
Signed "Q Ei" with a pencil

"Photo-dessin stencil17"
Printing paper cutout
30.2x25.2cm
Signed "Q Ei/37" with a pencil

"Photo-dessin stencil22"
Printing paper cutout
30.2x25.2cm


"Photo-dessin stencil30"
Cardboard cutout
38.2x53.9cm

"Photo-dessin stencil32"

Cardboard cutout
59.7x34.6cm
Signed "Q Ei" with a pen

"Photo-dessin stencil36"

Printing paper cutout
34.5x49.4cm
Signed "Q Ei" with a pen


"Photo-dessin stencil37"

Cardboard cutout
38.0x56.2cm

"Photo-dessin stencil38"

Cardboard cutout
45.6x56.0cm

"Photo-dessin stencil39"

Cardboard cutout
52.5x34.8cm


"Photo-dessin stencil43"
Watercolor on cellophane
45.0x49.5cm

"Photo-dessin stencil44"
Watercolor on cellophane
45.0x49.5cm

"Photo-dessin stencil45"
Watercolor on cellophane
46.4x43.2cm


"Photo-dessin stencil 46"
Watercolor on cellophane
44.8x56.4cm

"Photo-dessin stencil 47"

Cut-out, cardboard
55.2x40.4cm

"Work" (Photo-dessin stencil)

1953-54
Pen on Cellophane
24.7x14.5cm

"Poster from "The 21st Q Ei exhibition -46 fragments of light / Photo-dessin stencil exhibition-"
Design: DIX-HOUSE
84.1x59.4cm (A1)
Limited 200 editions.Serial numbered.


"White morning" (Tentative)

1957
Oil on Canvas
45.0x52.7cm
Signed
*Raisonne No.520
*Recoreded on the page 121 in "Q Ei Collections" published by Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha.
SOLD


"Yellow dot"

1957
Oil painting
45.8x38.0cm (F8)
Signed
SOLD

"Yellow flocking on red"
1958
Oil paint on board
37.9x45.7cm
Signed on the back
SOLD


"Work"

1958
Oil paint on board
22.0x27.0cm
Signed
SOLD

"Work"

1958
Oil paint on board
22.7x15.8cm
Signed
SOLD

"Two oval shapes"
1936c
Oil paint and collage on board
23.8x28.4cm

*Exhibited on "The father of modern art -Q Ei Exhibition-"
held by Odakyu in 1979
plate inserted in the exhibition catalogue (exhibit no.32)
SOLD


"Stage"
SOLD

"Dots in black"

1957
Oil paint
Image size: 45.7x38.0cm
Frame size: 56.6x49.0cm
Stickerd by Sadajiro Kubo buying club
SOLD

"Analysis of a day"

1959
Oil paint
45.5x53.0cm
Signed
SOLD


"Little bird"

1954
Oil on board
22.9x15.9cm
Signed
SOLD


"Work"

1957
Oil on board
33.6x24.3cm
Signed
SOLD


"Morning"

1958
Watercolor on Paper
33.0x25.0cm
Signed and Dated
SOLD

"Work"

1958
Water colors
Image size: 26.2x19.2cm
Sheet size: 37.2x28.1cm
Signed and dated
SOLD

"Work"

Watercolor on Paper
24.5x17.0cm
Signed by Mrs. Q Ei (Miyako Sugita) on the back of the frame
SOLD


"Work"

Watercolor
49.9x38.0cm
Stamp signed
SOLD

"Work"

Sprayed on Paper
29.2x19.3cm
Signed by Mrs. Q Ei (Miyako Taniguchi) on the back
SOLD



"Bearing Face"

1937
Photo collage
Image size: 19.1x13.6cm
Matte size: 27.6x23.5cm
Signed
*Recoreded on the page 148 in "Q Ei Collections" published by Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha.
SOLD

"Eye"

1937
Photo collage
Image size: 18.0x14.5cm
Matte size: 27.3x23.0cm
Signed
*Recoreded on the page 148 in "Q Ei Collections" published by Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha.
SOLD

"Work"

1937
Photo collage
29.6x17.5cm
Signed and Dated
*Image on reverse
SOLD


"Sea side (A)"

1951
Photo-dessin (photogram)
22.4x14.6cm
titled and dated on the back
SOLD

"Profile"

1936c
Photo-dessin (photogram)
27.7x22.7cm
Signed and titled on the back
SOLD

"Title unknown"

Photo-dessin and spray
23.0x38.3cm
Written "work by Q Ei. Miyako" on the back
SOLD


"Portrait"

1950
Photo-dessin (photogram)
27.5x22.4cm
Signed on the bottom and titled on the back
SOLD

"Work"

1936 - 39
Photo-dessin (photogram)
30.3x25.2cm
Signed
SOLD

"Work"

1936
Photo-dessin with color
25.2x30.5cm
SOLD


"Work 5"

1951
Photo-dessin (photogram)
28.0x17.8cm
certification by Miyako SUGITA (artist's wife) attached
SOLD

"Trimmer" (Tentative title)

1936
Photo-dessin (photogram)
30.7x25.0cm
Signed
SOLD

"Insect"(Tentative title)

1936
Photo-dessin (photogram)
30.8x25.2cm
Signed
SOLD


"Walk"

1950c
Photo-dessin (photogram)
52.0x42.0cm
Signed
SOLD

"Moon light"

1937
Photo-dessin
24.2x29.5cm
Signed
SOLD


from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
26.1x21.5cm
Ed.40
SOLD


"Bicycle"(Tentative title)

1936c
Photo-dessin with color
25.3x30.4cm
Signed
SOLD

"Bird"(Tentative title)

1936c
Photo-dessin with color
30.3x25.2cm
Signed
SOLD

"Film"(Tentative title)

1936c
Photo-dessin (photogram)
30.2x25.2cm
Signed
SOLD


"Glasses"(Tentative title)

Photo-dessin (photogram)
25.3x30.2cm
Signed
SOLD

"Brisk sky morning" alternative version

Photo-dessin (photogram)
27.3x22.3cm
SOLD

"Reason for sleep"alternative front cover

1936
Photo-dessin (photogram)
30.2x25.1cm
SOLD


"Windowsill"
SOLD

"Walk"

Photo-dessin
54.0x42.8cm
Signed by Mrs. Q Ei on the back
*Recoreded on the page 151 in "Q Ei Collections" published by Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha.
SOLD

"My Jazz"
1950
Lithograph
45.0x52.4cm
Signed
SOLD


"Profile"

1950
Photo-dessin (photogram)
28.5x22.1cm
SOLD


"Bathing"

c. 1952
Photo-dessin (photogram)
26.5x21.6cm
SOLD


"kiss"

1950
Photo-dessin (photogram)
28.0x22.5cm
SOLD

Photo-dessin collection "Midday dream"
1951
26.0x19.2cm
Ed.100
Set of 9 photo-dessins
SOLD


"Walk"

"Spinning disk"

"Children of the night"

"Go home, go home"

"Conversation"

"Autumn sonata"

"Dining table"

"White horse in a dream"

"History of the hill"


"Sweets plate"

1938
Watercolor on paper
27.1x24.1cm
Signed
SOLD

"Work"
Ink on paper
35.2x49.5cm
Stamp signed
SOLD

"A bird and a circle"

1956
Lithograph
Image size: 46.5x30.4cm
Sheet size: 54.4x38.4cm
Ed.20
Signed by the artist
SOLD


"Conversation of woods"

1956
Lithograph (5 colors)
41.0x27.0cm
Ed.14
Signed
*Raisonne No.66
* 2 color version also available (Ed.3)
SOLD

"Insect's life"

1957
Lithograph
45.5x31.0cm
Ed.20
Stamp signed
*Raisonne No.105 (Q Ei society)
SOLD

"Music"

Printed in 1969 by Masuo IKEDA
Original printed in 1954
Copper print
23.6x18.4cm
Ed.50
Stamp signed
SOLD

 

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Exhibitions
2014
No.251    25th Q Ei exhibition "Q Ei and Sadajiro KUBO"    11th Jun. - 28th Jun.


2013
No.241    24th Q Ei exhibition "Q Ei and Shuzo TAKIGUCHI"    26th Oct. - 2nd Nov.
No.235    23rd Q Ei exhibition    17th May. - 1st Jun.

2012
No.212    22nd Q Ei exhibition    13th Jan. - 21st Jan.

2011
No.206    21st Q Ei exhibition "Fragment of 46 light / Paper pattern in photo-dessin"    9th Sep. - 17th Sep.
Gallery's Collection "Kisaragi"    8th Feb. - 26th Feb.
Gallery's Collection    5th Jan. - 8th Jan.

2010
No.192    Yoshitomo NARA x Q Ei "Departure of an artist at age 24"    11th Sep. - 18th Sep.

2009
No.171    19th Q Ei exhibition "Q Ei and 8 painters of his period"    6th Feb. - 28th Feb.

2008
No.169    Rediscover The Beauty of Prints    12th Dec. - 27th Dec.

2007
No.143    18th Q Ei exhibition    18th May. - 2nd Jun.

2006
No.134    17th Q Ei exhibition    15th Sep. - 30th Sep.

2005
No.120    16th Q Ei exhibition / TOKINOWASUREMONO 10th anniversary    8th Jul. - 30th Jul.

2004
No.115    15th Q Ei exhibition / Artist's departure 1936    17th Aug. - 11th Sep.

2003
No.108    14th Q Ei exhibition    12th Dec. - 25th Dec.
No.105    13th Q Ei exhibition -Q Ei and his surroundings-    4th Jul. - 12th Jul.

2002
No.94    12th Q Ei exhibition -Photo-dessin stencil exhibition-    Feb. 1 - Feb. 16

2001
No.84    11th Q Ei exhibition    15th Jun. - 30th Jun.

2000
No.77    10th Q Ei exhibition / from "Reason of Sleep" to stipple    1st dec. - 16 Dec.
No.67    9th Q Ei exhibition -After 40 years of his death / Oil painting-    10th Mar. - 25th Mar.

1999
No.61    8th Q Ei exhibition -Little devils (Copper print)    8th Oct. - 23rd Oct.
No.56    7th Q Ei exhibition -Photo-dessin    24th May. - 9th Jun.

1998
No.50    6th Q Ei exhibition -Q Ei and Toshinobu ONOSATO    4th Dec. - 19th Dec.

1997
No.38    5th Q Ei exhibition -Celebrating the publication of "Q Ei works collection"    12th Dec. - 27th Dec.
No.35    Sadajirou KUBO and writers 1 -Exhibition celebrating the memorial publication of "Talking about Sadajirou KUBO" / Shuzou TAKIGUCHI, Tamiji KITAGAWA, Q Ei, Shigeru IZUMI, Yuki KATSURA, Tadashi KATOU, Ryuichi YAMASHIRO, Toshiko UCHIMA, Henry Miller, Toshinobu ONOSATO, Koushirou ONJI, Yoshitoshi MORI and others    24th Oct. - 1st Nov.

1996
No.19    4th Q Ei exhibition -Photo-dessin    30th Oct. - 9th Nov.
No.16    3rd Q Ei exhibition    10th Jul. - 27th Jul.

1996
No.13    2nd Q Ei exhibition    13 May. - 1st Jun.
No.11    1st Q Ei exhibition    6th Mar. - 23rd Mar.

1995
No.1    Etching slection 1 / Kiyoshi HASEGAWA, Tatsuoki NAMBATA, Q Ei, Tetsuro KOMAI    5th Jun. - 18th Jun.



Presented in catalogues
"Machida, Q Ei and their fellows" exhibition catalogue
Record of Sadajirou KUBO's lecture / Q Ei and the modern art
"Avant-garde artist's big adventure: Q Ei" exhibition catalogue
Definitive collection of prints: Q Ei works by NIKKEI
FUJI TV gallery Q Ei exhibition 1974 catalogue
Complete index of Q Ei's lithographs: limited 1000 edition, etc


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