Ay-O

Born 1931 in Ibaraki Prefecture, Ay-O’s real name is Takao Iijima. He graduated from the Tokyo University of Education in 1954. Still in university in 1953, Ay-O participated in the Demokrato Artist Association established by fellow artist Ei-Q. He co-founded the art group Jitsuzaisha (“The Realists”) with Masuo Ikeda. Since his first visit to the US in 1958 he moved back and forth between America and Japan, and since 1962 actively took part in the avant-garde movement Fluxus. In 1971, he won the prize of the São Paulo Biennial, reflecting his international recognition.

When I entered the art world in 1974, Ay-O’s “I love you (Love Letters)” was the first edition of prints I published. This was an outrageous undertaking at an edition of 11,111 copies, reflecting our ambition to become no. 1 in the world, at least in terms of silkscreen prints. The completed sheets were delivered by truck to Ay-O’s atelier, where the artist indulged in a 16-hour marathon signing session. We both were young! Ay-O’s works can be indentified in an instant by its rainbow colors, and this is also where they derive their intense originality from.

 


"The Sleeping Gypsy by Rousseau"

2000
Silkscreen
41.4x63.2cm
Ed. 150 (133/150)
Signed
Raissone No. 354

"Crane"

2002
Silkscreen
22.0x16.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed

 


"Move by Rainbow an Animal!" #13

1963
Mixed media
47.2×47.9×17.2cm
Signed
.
From the collaboration with Masuo IKEDA
"An Insect in the Rainbow Room"

1969
Offset, silkscreen
Image size: 18.0×18.0cm
Sheet size: 18.0×18.0cm
Ed. 70
One of a set of four
Signed with pencil on the back

 


"I love you"
Unique version

1974
Silkscreen
61.1×44.2cm
Unique (1/1)
Signed

"A Kirin came"

1985
Silkscreen
35.0×45.0cm
Ed. C
Signed
Raisonné no. 543

"Two Small Birds"

1978
Silkscreen
Image size: 12.0×14.5cm
Sheet size: 25.0×33.3cm
Ed. 200
Signed
Raisonné no. 354

 


"Rainbow Robot"

1979
Silkscreen
55.0×38.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed
Raisonné no. 392

"Crystal Tree"

1981
Silkscreen
30.0×29.0cm
Ed. 500
Signed
Raisonné no. 436

"White Hole a"

1984
Silkscreen
35.0×35.0cm
Ed. 90
Signed
Raisonné no. 531

 


"A Leaf"

1979
Silkscreen
38.0×55.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed
Raisonné no. 385

"What Happened?"

1979
Silkscreen
55.0×38.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed
Raisonné no. 387

"Rainbow David"

1979
Silkscreen
55.0×38.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed
Raisonné no. 391

 


"Rainbow Man and Woman a"

1979
Silkscreen
55.0×38.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed
Raisonné no. 380

"Rainbow Bridge a"

1979
Silkscreen
55.0×38.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed
Raisonné no. 382

"Three Birds"

1979
Silkscreen
55.0×38.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed
Raisonné no. 384

 


"Five Forms"

1968
Lithograph
25.0×15.5cm
Ed. 80
Signed
Raisonné no. 122

"Looking to the Yellow Sky"

1958
Lithograph
15.0×25.0cm
Ed. 80
Signed
Raisonné no. 124

"Volcano"

1975
Silkscreen
40.0×36.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed
Raisonné no. 284

 


"Crystal Kiss"

1981
Silkscreen
26.4×25.8cm
Ed. 100
Signed

"Portrait of Mr. Kubo B"

1974
Silkscreen
30.0×24.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed

"Unformal No. 90"

1957
Lithograph
38.0×24.5cm
Ed. 20
Signed
Raisonné no. 116

 


"Banzai Peace: Mr. Kubo's Right Hand"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 34.2×25.9cm
Sheet size: 37.0×28.0cm
Ed. 100
Signed

"Banzai Peace: Mr. Kubo's Left Hand"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 34.2×25.9cm
Sheet size: 37.0×28.0cm
Ed. 100
Signed

"Rainbow Boogie-Woogie"

1982
Silkscreen
Image size: 20.9×20.9cm
Sheet size: 31.2×29.4cm
Ed. 300
Signed

 


"Flower A"

1974
Silkscreen
55.5×38.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed

"Don't Bark, John"

1979
Silkscreen
49.5×63.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed

"Stop the Rainbow"

1979
Silkscreen
55.0×38.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed

 


"Work"

1958
Oil on canvas
32.0x41.0cm
Signed

"Crashed Rainbow"

1983
Silkscreen
26.0x20.0x2.0cm
Ed. 500
Signed

"Unformal No. 91"

1957
Lithograph
43.6×30.0cm
Ed. 20
Signed

 


"Flowers"

1977
Silkscreen
37.5x38.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed

"Peacock"
(Tapestry)

176.0×172.0cm
Manufactured by Nomura Kogei
Signed by the artist on the back

"Flower Time"

1977
Silkscreen
44.0×52.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed

 


"Conversation / Couple of Birds"

1978
Silkscreen
(printed by Tokuzo OKABE)
Image size: 48.0×95.0cm
Frame size: 55.0×110.0cm
Ed. 100
Signed
Raisonné no. 409 (Sobunsha)

"Wasteland of the Sea II"

1978
Silkscreen
(printed by Tokuzo OKABE)
Image size: 45.0×96.5cm
Frame size: 55.0×110.0cm
Ed. 75
Signed
Raisonné no. 346 (Sobunsha)

"Fly! / Couple of Birds"

1980
Silkscreen
(printed by Tokuzo OKABE)
Image size: 50.0×95.0cm
Frame size: :55.0×110.0cm
Ed. 100
Signed
Raisonné no. 408 (Sobunsha)

 


"Rainbow Rousseau: War"

1999
Silkscreen
55.0×96.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné no. 878 (Abe Publishing)

"Rainbow Monkey Reflecting on Rousseau's Forest"

1999
Silkscreen
46.5×66.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné no. 879 (Abe Publishing)

"Magritte"

1977
Silkscreen
40.3×31.5cm
Ed. 150
Signed

 


"Cat"

1978
Silkscreen
35.0×23.0cm
Ed. 500
Signed

"Landscape"

1977
Silkscreen
57.0×36.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed

"I love you"

1974
Silkscreen
53.0×34.0cm
Ed. 11,111
Signed

 


"Singing Bird B"

1982
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0×15.0cm
Frame size: 26.0×32.0cm
Ed. 1000
Signed

"Singing Bird C"

1982
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0×15.0cm
Frame size: 26.0×32.0cm
Ed. 1000
Signed

"Handshake"

1980
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0×15.0cm
Ed. 1000
Signed
Framed

 


"Small Bird"

1980
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0×15.0cm
Sheet size: 12.0×17.0cm
Ed. 1000
Signed
Framed

"A Flower"

1980
Silkscreen
Image size: 15.0×10.0cm
Ed. 1000
Signed
Framed

"Tree"

1980
Silkscreen
Image size: 15.0×10.0cm
Ed. 1000
Signed
Framed

 


"Wasteland of the Sea I"

1978
Silkscreen
(printed by Tokuzo OKABE)
Image size: 44.5×85.5cm
Frame size: 55.0×110.0cm
Ed. 75
Signed
Raisonné no. 345 (Sobunsha)
SOLD

"Wasteland of the Sea III"

1978
Silkscreen
(printed by Tokuzo OKABE)
Image size: 44.0×87.0cm
Frame size: 55.0×110.0cm
Ed. 75
Signed
Raisonné no. 347 (Sobunsha)
SOLD

 

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 Exhibitions (Japanese only)
2014
251st Gallery exhibition: 25th Ei-Q Exhibition: Ei-Q and Teijiro KUBO, Jun 11-Jun 28, 2014


2008
169th Gallery exhibition: Rediscovering the Beauty of Prints, Dec 12-Dec 27, 2008

2007
140th Gallery exhibition: Small Hanging Scrolls I Enjoy, Feb 2-Feb 10, 2007