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.
Died in 1960 at the age of 48.

 

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"In the water"

Year unknown
Photo-dessin (photogram)
Image size: 53.5×42.2cm
Sheet size: 53.5×42.2cm
Signed by Sugita Miyako on the back.
SOLD

"Walk"

Photo-dessin
54.0×42.8cm
Signed by Sugita Miyako on the back
*"Q Ei Collection" (1997, Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha) p.151
SOLD

"Fish"

Year unknown
Photo-dessin (photogram)
Image size: 45.4×56.0cm
Sheet size: 45.4×56.0cm
Signed by Sugita Miyako on the back.

SOLD


"A Nap"

1954
Photo-dessin (photogram)
22.4×26.9cm
Signed, titled and dated on back
SOLD

"Title Unknown"

Year unknown
Photo-dessin (photogram)
27.4×22.4cm
SOLD

"Ballet Lesson"

Photo-dessin (photogram)
22.0×27.0cm
SOLD


"Little bird"

1951
Photo-dessin (photogram)
Image size: 55.0×45.0cm
Sheet size: 55.0×45.0cm
*Noted "Q Ei Exhibition (Odakyu Grand Galley) 1979" on the rear side of the frame
SOLD


"Lady"

1937  
Collage on black paper
Image size: 22.5×10.3cm
Sheet size: 32.4×26.2cm
Signed
SOLD


"Young leaf's rhythm"

Photo-dessin
25.5x20.4cm
SOLD


"Three people"

Year unknown
Photo-dessin (photogram) and pen drawing
Image size: 54.8×44.9cm
Sheet size: 54.8×44.9cm
Signed by Sugita Miyako on the back.
SOLD
 
"Title unknown"

Photo-dessin (photogram)
27.0×22.0cm

Signed on the back
SOLD


"Title unknown"

Photo-dessin and spray
23.0x38.3cm
"Work by Q Ei. Miyako" written on the back

SOLD


"Title Unknown"

Photo-dessin
21.0x14.2cm
SOLD

"Violin"

Photo-dessin
26.6x21.1cm
Signed on the back
"Work by Q Ei. Miyako" written on the back
SOLD

"Three people"

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


"Title Unknown"

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

SOLD

"Title Unknown"

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

"Title Unknown"

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
*"Q Ei Collection" (1997, Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha) p.140

SOLD

"Life"

1950
Photo-dessin/Gelatin silver print
42.8×53.2cm

SOLD


"Bathing"

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


"Title Unknown"

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

SOLD


"Title Unknown"

Photo-dessin (photogram)
29.5×24.0cm
SOLD


"Title Unknown"

Photo-dessin (photogram)
30.8×25.0cm

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


"Portrait"

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

"kiss"

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

"My Jazz"
1950
Photo-dessin (photogram)
45.0x52.4cm
Signed
SOLD


"Profile"

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


"Two people"

1951
Photo-dessin
27.5×21.5cm
Signed
SOLD


"Pierrot & a Dancer on the Ladder"

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


"Seaside"

1955
Oil on veneer panel
27.3×22.0cm (F3)
Signed
*"Q Ei Collection" (1997, Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha) p.68
*Yamada Coshun "Q Ei Oil Painting Collection"No.244
*Raisonne No.274
*"Q Ei Retrospective"(1970, Fukui Q Ei no Kai) no.2
SOLD

"Shellfish"

1956
Oil on canvas
45.5×38.0cm (F8)
*Yamada Coshun "Q Ei Oil Painting Collection" No.278
*Raisonne No.305
SOLD

"Red and Yellow"

1957
Spattering on board
45.5×38.0cm (F8)
*Raisonne No.353
SOLD


"Flowers"

1950
Oil paint
45.5x38.2cm
SOLD

"Work-B"

1935
Oil on board
29.0x24.0cm (F3)
Published in Yamada Coshun "Q Ei Oil Painting Collection" no. 19.

SOLD

"Archetype of sea"

1958
Oil on board
Image size: 91.0×160.0cm
Irregular 100 size
Signed and dated on the back
*Raisonne No.441

SOLD


"Dance of Red (tent.)"

1958
Oil on veneer panel
22.0×27.2cm (F3)
Signed
*Yamada Coshun "Q Ei Oil Painting Collection" No.389
*Raisonne No.444
SOLD

"Tasogare (dusk)"

1959
Oil on canvas
45.5×53.0cm (F10)
Signed
*"Q Ei Collection" (1997, Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha) p.122
*Raisonne No.522
SOLD

"Flow (B)"

1958
Oil on veneer panel
22.0×27.2cm (F3)
Signed
*Yamada Coshun "Q Ei Oil Painting Collection" No.344
*Raisonne No.460
SOLD


"White morning" (Tentative)

1957
Oil on Canvas
45.0x52.7cm
Signed
*Raisonne No.520
*"Q Ei Collection" (1997, Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha) p.121
SOLD

"Yellow dot"

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

"Yellow morning"

1958
Oil on canvas
45.5×53.0cm (F10号)
Signed and dated on the back
*Raisonne No.446
SOLD


"Title Unknown"

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

"Title Unknown"

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

"Title Unknown"

1957
Oil on board
33.6x24.3cm
Signed
SOLD

"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. / raisonne for works in oil (2011), cat. 346.

SOLD


"Bow"

1959
Oil on board
16.3x23.0cm
Signed
SOLD


"Song of birds"

1957
Spattering on board
45.5×53.0cm (F10)
*Raisonne No.348
SOLD
 


"Collage"

Collage on paper
Image size: 13.5x20.3cm
Sheet size: 22.5x27.8cm
Signed
SOLD

"Morning"

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

"Title Unknown"

Watercolor on Paper
24.5x17.0cm
Signed by Sugita Miyako on the back of the frame
SOLD


"Title Unknown"

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

"Title Unknown"

1958
Watercolor
29.0x20.0cm
Signed and dated on the back

SOLD

"Title Unknown"

Watercolor
49.9x38.0cm
Stamp signed
SOLD


"Sweets plate"

1938
Watercolor on paper
27.1x24.1cm
Signed
SOLD

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


"Bearing Face"

1937
Photo collage
Image size: 19.1x13.6cm
Matte size: 27.6x23.5cm
Signed
*"Q Ei Collection" (1997, Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha) p.148
SOLD

"Title Unknown"

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

"Voice"

c.1937
Photo collage
23.3x27.7cm

SOLD


"Eye"

1937
Photo collage
Image size: 18.0x14.5cm
Matte size: 27.3x23.0cm
Signed
*"Q Ei Collection" (1997, Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha) p.148
SOLD


"Photo-dessin stencil 1"
Printing paper cutout
59.5x32.0cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 2"
Printing paper cutout
12.6x4.7cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 3"
Pencil and Cardboard cutout
16.0x9.0cm
SOLD


"Photo-dessin stencil 4"
Printing paper cutout
12.9x7.8cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 5"
Spray and Printing paper cutout
22.5x16.9cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 6"
Cardboard cutout
12.6x4.7cm
SOLD


"Photo-dessin stencil 7"
Printing paper cutout
7.4x4.3cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 8"
Pencil and Cardboard cutout
13.3x10.0cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 9"
Printing paper cutout
13.5x15.8cm
24.4x8.1cm
SOLD


"Photo-dessin stencil 10"
Cardboard cutout
12.0x16.0cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 11"
Pen and Printing paper cutout
22.8x14.9cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 12"
Printing paper cutout
20.8x14.8cm
SOLD


"Photo-dessin stencil 13"
Pencil and Cardboard cutout
5.6x12.6cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 14"
Printing paper cutout
9.8x6.2cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 15"
Pencil and Printing paper cutout
17.0x4.7cm
SOLD


"Photo-dessin stencil16"

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

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

"Photo-dessin stencil 18"
Printing paper cutout
21.2x26.5cm
SOLD


"Photo-dessin stencil 19"
Printing paper cutout
25.2x30.3cm
Signed "Q Ei" with a pen
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 20"
Printing paper cutout
30.2x25.2cm
Signed "Q Ei" with a pen
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 21"
Printing paper cutout
30.4x25.1cm
Signed "Q Ei" with a pen
SOLD


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

"Photo-dessin stencil 23"
Printing paper cutout
30.2x25.2cm
Signed "Q Ei" with a pen
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 24"

Printing paper cutout
30.2x25.2cm
Signed "Q Ei" with a pen
SOLD


"Photo-dessin stencil 25"
Printing paper cutout
18.6x28.9cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 26"
Printing paper cutout
13.2x28.2cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 27"
Pencil and Printing paper cutout
27.6x19.3cm
SOLD


"Photo-dessin stencil 28"
Printing paper cutout
32.1x11.6cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 29"
Cardboard cutout
12.0x5.1cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 31"
Spray and cardboard
38.2x56.1cm
Signed "Q Ei 1937" with a pen
SOLD


"Photo-dessin stencil32"

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

"Photo-dessin stencil 33"

Printing paper cutout
55.6x45.3cm
Signed "Q Ei 1950" with a pen
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 34"

Printing paper cutout
55.8x45.5cm
SOLD


"Photo-dessin stencil 35"

Printing paper cutout
40.8x52.0cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 36"

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

"Photo-dessin stencil 40"
Cardboard cutout
38.0x31.5cm
SOLD


"Photo-dessin stencil 41"
Printing paper cutout
45.6x56.0cm
SOLD

"Photo-dessin stencil 42"
Printing paper cutout
55.6x45.7cm
Signed "Q" with a pen
SOLD

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


"Photo-dessin stencil45"
Watercolor on cellophane
46.4x43.2cm
SOLD
 
"Photo-dessin stencil 47"

Cut-out, cardboard
55.2×40.4cm
SOLD
   

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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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