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.

 

Essays
Otani Shogo
    "Q Ei - Explorer of Light"
    "Viewing Q Ei’s Late Pointillist Works Online"

 

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"Title Unknown"

1936-1939
Photo-dessin (photogram)
30.3×25.2cm
Signed


"Two people"

1951
Photo-dessin
27.5×21.5cm
Signed


"Title Unknown"

c.1954
Photo-dessin (photogram)
20.1×25.3cm
Signed by Sugita Miyako


"Title Unknown"

1958
Photo-dessin (photogram)
25.3×20.2cm
Signed and Dated


"Three ballerinas"

1958
Photo-dessin
27.3×21.9cm
Title and date on back

"Title Unknown"

Year unknown
Photo-dessin (photogram)
54.8×44.4cm


"Title Unknown"

Year unknown
Photo-dessin (photogram)
Sheet size: 28.0×21.5cm
Signed by Sugita Miyako on the back
Proviso on back: "Q Ei Photo-dessin Exhibition Commemoration September 1987 Marion Asahi Hall"


"Pierrot & a Dancer on the Ladder"

Year unknown
Photo-dessin (photogram)
Sheet size: 27.2×21.7cm
Signed and titled on back


"Title Unknown"

Year unknown
Photo-dessin (photogram)
45.2×55.7cm


"Child"

Year unknown
Photo-dessin (photogram)
25.2×18.9cm

"Title Unknown"

Year unknown
Photo-dessin (photogram)
40.8×31.9cm
 

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

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
23.5×21.8cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
21.8×26.9cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
21.9×22.0cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
21.6×23.6cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
23.9×21.9cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
21.7×26.8cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
25.4×21.0cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
22.0×27.4cm
Ed.40

from "Reason of Sleep"

1936
Photo-dessin (Photogram)
22.0×23.3cm
Ed.40


"Communications Museum A"

1941
Oil paint
46.0x61.1cm
*"Q Ei Collection" (1997, Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha) p.42


"Winter"

ca. 1942
Oil on canvas
33.4×45.0cm (P8)
Raissone No.82

"Scenery"

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


"A doll and a bottle"

Oil painting
38.0x45.0cm (F8)

 


"Title Unknown"

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

"Title Unknown"

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

"Title Unknown"

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


"Title Unknown"

1948
Gauche spray on paper
28.1x23.5cm
Signed
Drawing on the back)


"Title Unknown"

Watercolor on paper
Imae size:24.0x14.5cm
Sheet size:31.0x22.5cm
Signed
(Drawing on the back)

"Title Unknown"

Sprayed on Paper
29.2x19.3cm
Signed by Sugita Miyako on the back


"Target"

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

"Title Unknown"

1954
Watercolor on paper
19.0x14.0cm
Signed

"Title Unknown"

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


"Title Unknown"

Pen on Paper
18.4x11.8cm

"Title Unknown"

Pencil on Paper
10.4x8.0cm

"Title Unknown"

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


"Title Unknown"

Pen on Paper
12.5x22.2cm
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

"Title Unknown"

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



"Title Unknown"

Pen on paper
11.5x15.0cm
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


"Life of bugs"

1957
Lithograph
Image size:38.0x27.0cm
Sheet size:54.2x38.1cm
Ed. 20 (19/20)    
Signed
*Raissone No.105 (Eikyuu no Kai、1974)


"Dot play"

1957
Lithograph
Image size:42.5x30.0cm
Sheet size:56.0x37.2cm
Ed. limited to EP (?)
Signed
*Raissone No.83 (Eikyuu no Kai、1974)



"Ant's footprints"

1956
Lithograph
Image size: 35.5x22.5cm
Sheet size: 54.0x39.0cm
Ed.22
Stamped


"Mischief"

1956
Lithograph
Image size:45.0x30.0cm
Sheet size:54.5x38.5cm
Ed.13 (8/13)   
Signed
*Raissone No.57 (Eikyuu no Kai、1974)


"Construction site"

1957
Lithograph
Image size:38.0x25.0cm
Sheet size:54.8x38.5cm
Ed. 10 (9/10)   
Titled on back with signature of Sugita Miyako (Ei Q's wife)
*Raissone No.133 (Eikyuu no Kai、1974)


"Blue sonata"

1956
Lithograph
Image size:40.0x25.0cm
Sheet size:54.5x38.7cm
Titled on back with signature of Sugita Miyako (Ei Q's wife)
*Raissone No.55 (Eikyuu no Kai、1974)



"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 Sugita Miyako
*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


"Mother and child"

1956
Lithograph
24.5×22.0cm
Ed.3
Signed and limited numbered
*Raisonne No.7

"Signal"

1957
Lithograph
40.3×26.5cm
Ed.20
No sign, limited numbered
*Raisonne No.98


"Spring wind"

1957
Lithograph
39.0×25.0cm
Ed.20
No sign, limited numbered
*Raisonne No.106

"Conversation of woods"

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


"Circus"

1955
Copperplate print (reprint)
23.7x18.0cm
Ed.50
Signed on print

"Cow"
1952
Copper print
13.1× 7.8cm
Ed.10
Signed
* Miyako manuscript index No.29
* Hayashi graphics catalogue No.160

"Sunflower"

1955
Copper print
23.3×18.2cm
Ed.8
signed
* Miyako manuscript index No.163
* Nantenshi No.4-9


"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 Sugita Miyako

"Sea"

1955
Copperplate
Image size: 10.6x6.8cm
Sheet size: 19.7x13.6cm
Ed.3
Endorsed by Sugita Miyako


"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
*Sugita Miyako 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


"Music"

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

 


"Malicious"

1953
Etching
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

"Flowers of Cloud B"

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

"Circle"

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


"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

"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

"Walk A"

Printed in 1969 by Masuo IKEDA
Original printed in 1952
Copper print
18.0x13.4cm
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
SOLD

"Work 2 Yellow and green"

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

"Title Unknown"

Woodblock print
Image size: 26.5x21.0cm
Sheet size: 32.0x23.7cm
Ed. 5
Signed 
SOLD


"Photo-dessin stencil 30"
Cardboard cutout
38.2×53.9cm

"Photo-dessin stencil 36"

Printing paper cutout
34.5×49.4cm
Signed "Q Ei" with a pen

"Photo-dessin stencil 37"

Cardboard cutout
38.0×56.2cm


"Photo-dessin stencil 38"

Cardboard cutout
45.6×56.0cm

"Photo-dessin stencil 39"

Cardboard cutout
52.5×34.8cm

"Photo-dessin stencil 44"
Watercolor on cellophane
45.0×49.5cm


"Photo-dessin stencil 46"
Watercolor on cellophane
44.8×56.4cm

"Title Unknown" (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.

 

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Exhibitions
2021
No.332)    110th Anniversary 30th Q Ei Exhibition Photo-dessins and Stencils    9/3 - 9/25


Gallery Collection of Summer - Q Ei, TAKIGUCHI Shuzo, ONOSATO Toshinobu    6/29 - 7/10


2020
No.319)    29th Q Ei Exhibition     3/8 - 3/30


Web exhibition Part 1


Web exhibition Part 2

 

2019
ART BASEL HONG KONG 2019 - 28th Q Ei Exhibition    3/27 - 3/31

No.307    27th Q Ei Exhibition     1/8 - 1/26

 

2015
No.262    26th Q Ei Exhibition - Search for Light    5/16 - 5/30

Gallery Collection of February    2/3 - 2/14

 

2014
No.251    25th Q Ei exhibition "Q Ei and Sadajiro KUBO"    6/11 - 6/28


2013
No.241    24th Q Ei exhibition "Q Ei and Shuzo TAKIGUCHI"    10/26 - 11/2
No.235    23rd Q Ei exhibition    5/17 - 6/1

2012
No.212    22nd Q Ei exhibition    1/13 - 1/2

2011
No.206    21st Q Ei exhibition "Fragment of 46 light / Paper pattern in photo-dessin"    9/9 - 9/7
Gallery's Collection "Kisaragi"    2/8 - 2/26
Gallery's Collection    1/5 - 1/8.

2010
No.192    20th Q Ei exhibition Yoshitomo NARA x Q Ei "Departure of an artist at age 24"    9/11 - 9/18

2009
No.171    19th Q Ei exhibition "Q Ei and 8 painters of his period"    2/6- 2/28

2008
No.169    Rediscover The Beauty of Prints    12/12 - 12/2

2007
No.143    18th Q Ei exhibition    5/18 - 6/2

2006
No.134    17th Q Ei exhibition    9/15- 9/30

2005
No.120    16th Q Ei exhibition / TOKINOWASUREMONO 10th anniversary    7/8 - 7/30

2004
No.115    15th Q Ei exhibition / Artist's departure 1936    8/17 - 9/11

2003
No.108    14th Q Ei exhibition    12/12 - 12/25
No.105    13th Q Ei exhibition -Q Ei and his surroundings-    7/4 - 7/12

2002
No.94    12th Q Ei exhibition -Photo-dessin stencil exhibition-    2/1 - 2/16

2001
No.84    11th Q Ei exhibition    6/15 - 6/30

2000
No.77    10th Q Ei exhibition / from "Reason of Sleep" to stipple    12/1 - 12/16
No.67    9th Q Ei exhibition -After 40 years of his death / Oil painting-    5/10 - 5/25

1999
No.61    8th Q Ei exhibition -Little devils (Copper print)    10/8 - 10/23
No.56    7th Q Ei exhibition -Photo-dessin    5/24 - 6/9

1998
No.50    6th Q Ei exhibition -Q Ei and Toshinobu ONOSATO    12/4 - 12/19

1997
No.38    5th Q Ei exhibition -Celebrating the publication of "Q Ei works collection"    12/12 - 12/27.
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    10/24 - 1/11

1996
No.19    4th Q Ei exhibition -Photo-dessin    10/30 - 11/9
No.16    3rd Q Ei exhibition    7/10 - 7/27

1996
No.13    2nd Q Ei exhibition    5/13 - 6/1
No.11    1st Q Ei exhibition    3/6 - 3/23

1995
No.1    Etching slection 1 / Kiyoshi HASEGAWA, Tatsuoki NAMBATA, Q Ei, Tetsuro KOMAI    6/5 - 6/18



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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