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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"Mother and child"

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

"Landing"
1957年
Lithograph
36.0×26.0cm
Ed.20
Signed and limited numbered
*Raisonne No.97

"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

"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



"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 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 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 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 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

Picture books
♦ Q Ei works reference material
"Yoshitomo NARA x Q Ei "Departure of an artist at age 24"" exhibition catalogue
Release date: 11th Sep. 2010
Publisher: TOKI NO WASUREMONO
Size: B5
Pages: 15
Auther: Yutaka MIKAMI
Images: 15 exhibited images and 27 referred images

"The big adventure of the avant-garde artist. Q Ei" exhibition catalogue
Release date: 2004
Editer/Publisher: Shoto museum, Shibuya
Size: 29.5×19.7cm
Pages: 176
Images: 42 Oilpaintings, 22 Watercolors, 14 Photo-dessins, 4 Pen drawings and 16 Prints. 31 photos by Mizuo TAMAI inserted.

"Q Ei works collection"
Release date: 1997
Publisher: Japan Econimic Newspapers
Size: B4 (32.0×26.0cm)
Pages: 204
Cloth covered and boxed
Images: 130 Oil paintings, 45 Collages and Photo-dessins, 39 Copper prints, 23 Lithographs.
68 other reference images.
* Special limited edition (100 copies) were made along with trade edition.

"Q Ei and his circle" exhibition catalogue (Saitama museum of modern art)
Release date: 1986
Pages: 128
Text : Sadajirou KUBO, Shinichi SEGI
Exhibited artists : Q, Ei, Ay-O, Masuo IKEDA, Shigeru IZUMI, Toshinobu ONOSATO, Saburou HASEGAWA, Yoshio HAYAKAWA, Eikou HOSOE, Hideo YOSHIHARA
146 work images inserted

"The father of modern art: Q Ei exhibition" catalogue (Odakyu)
Release date: 1979
Pages: 132
Special edition: 1 Copper print included
Trade edition: Leaflet included

"Q Ei: His work and biography" by Mitsuharu YAMADA
Release date: 1976
Publisher: Seiryudou
Pages: 480

"Complete index of Q Ei's lithographs"
Release date: 1974
Publisher: Q Ei society
1000 limited editions
Pages: 74

"Q Ei art book" Sadajirou KUBO edition
Release date: 1971
Publisher: Doukankoukai
2000 limited editions
Pages: 89

"Q Ei works exhibition" catalogue (Gallery Nantenshi [Venue: Gallery Bungeishunjyu])
Release date: Jan. 1969
Pages: 10
Text: Masuo IKEDA

"Q Ei posthumous work exhibition" index (Senkyo building, Fukui-shi)
Release date: 1960
Organiser: Q Ei society
Pages: 6 (3 folds)
Text: Kinosuke EBIHARA, Shuzou TAKIGUCHI, Ryuichi YAMASHIRO, Shigeru IZUMI

"Q Ei  Photo-dessin exhibition" index (Takashimaya, Nihonbashi)
release date: 1955
Pages: 8 (4 folds)
Text: Kinosuke EBIHARA, Shuzou TAKIGUCHI, Shikanosuke OKA

"Q Ei photo-dessin  new works exhibition index" (Matsuzakaya)
Release date: 1950
Pages: 12
Text: Usaburou SOTOYAMA
1 photograph included

"Q Ei and his fellows exhibition" picture book
Release date: 1988
Publisher: Machida national museum of print
Pages: 112
Size: 27.6×21.5cm

"Q Ei and his fellows  The world of art 2 by Sadajirou KUBO"
Release date: 28th Feb. 1985
Publisher: Soubunsha
Auther: Sadajirou KUBO
Pages: 232
Size: 21.6×15.9cm

"Reason for sleep No.2 (quarterly issue)"
Limited 500 copies
Release date: 1st Aug. 1966
Publisher: Q Ei society
Pages: 58
Size: 24.6×17.6cm

"Reason for sleep No.3 (quarterly issue)"
Limited 500 copies
Release date: 20th Nov. 1966
Publisher: Q Ei society
Pages: 66
Size: 24.7×17.7cm

"Reason for sleep No.4 (quarterly issue)"
Limited 500 copies
Release date: 1st Apr. 1967
Publisher: Q Ei society
Pages: 48
Size: 24.4×17.6cm

"Reason for sleep No.5 (quarterly issue)"
Limited 500 copies
Release date: 10th Dec. 1967
Publisher: Q Ei society
Pages: 54
Size: 24.5×17.6cm

"Reason for sleep No.6,7 (combined issue)"
Release date: 20th Jun. 1968
Publisher: Q Ei society
Pages: 102
Size: 25.3×17.8cm

"Reason for sleep No.8 (quarterly issue)"
Limited 500 copies
Release date: 1st May. 1969
Publisher: Q Ei society
Pages: 68/
Size: 24.5×17.6cm

"Reason for sleep No.9、10 (combined issue)"
Release date: 5th Jul. 1969
Publisher: Q Ei society
Pages: 158
Size: 25.1×17.8cm

"Reason for sleep No.13"
Limited 300 copies
Release date: 1st Sep. 1973
Publisher: Q Ei society
Pages: 34
Size: 24.7×17.5cm

"Mizue Jul. 1979 No.891"
Release date: 3rd Jul. 1979 Publisher: Art Publishing
Special feature: Q Ei
Pages: 124
Size: 29.5×22.5cm

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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