Sadamasa MOTONAGA

Born 1922 in Mie Prefecture, Motonaga attended Ueno Commercial High School in Iga. After graduation, he moved to Osaka, and from 1955, he participated in the Gutai Art Association. In 1964, Motonaga received the Japanese Art Academy Award (Nitten), and in 1966 was invited to New York for the residency program of the Japan Society. He extensively traveled Europe in the following year, and then returned to Japan. Motonaga proceeded to become one of Japan’s representative abstract painters. He exhibited at the Venice Biennale of 1993, and in 1997 received the Order of the Rising Sun, 4th class. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 88.

“I’m not one of the intellectuals, I’m one of the idiots,” said Motonaga, who was not only active in oil painting and installation art, but from the 1970s onwards also devoted a lot of energy to printmaking. Motonaga’s way of naming his own works also was particular. Among the works in the editions we produced, just reading those titles in their original Japanese rendering (such as Funyara kunyara, Papapipipu, Heap of Color Balls =“Kasane irodama”, Folding Green =“Ore-gurin” etc.) already is quite amusing.

 


"Shapes Around an Oval"

1993
Silkscreen
Image size: 103.0×73.2cm
Sheet size: 112.0×80.2cm
Ed. 100
Signed

"Work"

Silkscreen
Image size: 71.5×102.0cm
Sheet size: 80.2×112.0cm
Ed. 100
Signed

"Red Shapes and Red Flow"

1993
Silkscreen
Image size: 73.0×103.0cm
Sheet size: 80.2×112.0cm
Ed. 100
Signed

 


"Red Rectangle Emanating Light"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 66.0x46.0cm
Sheet size: 75.2x55.0cm
Ed.150
Signed

"Heap of Color Balls"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 66.0x46.0cm
Sheet size: 75.0x55.0cm
Ed.150
Signed

"Short Orange in the Center"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 46.0x66.0cm
Sheet size: 55.0x75.0cm
Ed.150
Signed

 


"Green Notch in the Left Side Up"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 45.0x65.0cm
Sheet size: 55.0x75.2cm
Ed.150
Signed

"Also Mathematical Formula"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 46.0x66.0cm
Sheet size: 55.5x75.0cm
Ed.150
Signed

"In the Orange"

1977
Silkscreen
Image size: 47.0x61.0cm
Sheet size: 50.0x65.0cm
Ed.100
Signed

 


"Nobel Prize Homage: Sato"

1983
Silkscreen
Image size: 66.0x46.0cm
Sheet size: 75.8x55.7cm
Ed.100
Signed

"Nobel Prize Homage: Kawabata"

1983
Silkscreen
Image size: 46.0x66.0cm
Sheet size: 56.0x76.0cm
Ed.100
Signed

"Nobel Prize Homage: Fukui"

1983
Silkscreen
Image size: 45.8x66.0cm
Sheet size: 56.0x76.0cm
Ed.100
Signed

 


"Nobel Prize Homage: Tomonaga"

1983
Silkscreen
Image size: 66.0×46.0cm
Sheet size: 75.5x55.5cm
Ed.100
Signed

"Nobel Prize Homage: Yukawa"

1983
Silkscreen
Image size: 65.7x46.0cm
Sheet size: 76.0x56.0cm
Ed.100
Signed
 

 


"Notch (Gizagiza)"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 60.0x45.0cm
Sheet size: 65.5x50.0cm
Ed.150
Signed

"I"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 44.8x60.2cm
Sheet size: 50.1x65.7cm
Ed.150
Signed

"Folding, Folding, Bending"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 45.0x60.0cm
Sheet size: 50.0x65.5cm
Ed.150
Signed

 


"Papapipipu"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 45.0x60.0cm
Sheet size: 50.0x65.5cm
Ed.150
Signed

"Seems Like a Dragonfly"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 60.0x45.0cm
Sheet size: 65.5x50.0cm
Ed.150
Signed

"From White Lines"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 45.0x60.0cm
Sheet size: 50.0x65.0cm
Ed.150
Signed

 


"Iiroro"

1977
Silkscreen
Image size: 47.0x61.0cm
Sheet size: 50.0x65.0cm
Ed.100
Signed

"Funyara Kunyara"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 43.0x95.0cm
Sheet size: 50.0x104.0cm
Ed.85
Signed

"Floating Two"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 43.0x95.0cm
Sheet size: 50.0x104.0cm
Ed.85
Signed

 


"Triangle"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 95.0x43.0cm
Sheet size: 104.0x50.0cm
Ed.85
Signed

"Right, Left"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 95.0x43.0cm
Sheet size: 104.0x50.0cm
Ed.85
Signed

"Stretching White"

1981
Silkscreen
Image size: 36.0x57.0cm
Sheet size: 45.0x65.3cm
Ed.150
Signed

 


"Mesh of White Lines"

1981
Silkscreen
Image size: 55.0x38.0cm
Sheet size: 65.5x45.0cm
Ed.150
Signed

"Green Circle Is"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 47.0x33.0cm
Sheet size: 59.0x45.5cm
Ed.170
Signed

"Red, White, Black"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 33.0x46.7cm
Sheet size: 45.0x59.0cm
Ed.170
Signed

 


"Triangle, Square, Ellipse"

1981
Silkscreen
Image size: 36.0x57.0cm
Sheet size: 45.0x65.0cm
Ed.150
Signed

"Three Shapes"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 33.0x47.0cm
Sheet size: 45.5x59.0cm
Ed.170
Signed

"Orange Shape"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 33.0x47.0cm
Sheet size: 45.5x59.5cm
Ed.170
Signed

 


"Green at First"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 31.0x45.0cm
Sheet size: 45.5x59.0cm
Ed.170
Signed

"Topside Up"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 27.5x40.0cm
Sheet size: 44.5x59.5cm
Ed.150
Signed

"Triangle Square"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 33.0x23.0cm
Sheet size: 42.0x31.0cm
Ed.250
Signed

 


"Like a W"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 21.0x35.0cm
Sheet size: 31.0x42.0cm
Ed.250
Signed

"Two Side-by-Side"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 21.0x35.0cm
Sheet size: 31.0x41.8cm
Ed.250
Signed

"A Stride"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 27.5x22.0cm
Sheet size: 38.0x31.7cm
Ed.350
Signed

 


"Folding Green"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 27.5x22.0cm
Sheet size: 38.0x32.0cm
Ed.350
Signed

"One, Two, Three"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 21.5x27.5cm
Sheet size: 31.5x38.0cm
Ed.350
Signed

"On the Right Track"

1988
Silkscreen
Image size: 18.0x25.0cmm
Sheet size: 26.8x34.0cm
Ed.200
Signed

 


"Red Red Color"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 18.0x12.0cm
Sheet size: 32.0x23.0cm
Ed.500
Signed

"Hahahaha"

Silkscreen
Image size:15.0x19.0cm
Sheet size:19.9x24.9cm
Signed

"Orange and Blue on Tips"

1981
Silkscreen
Image size: 15.0x10.0cm
Sheet size: 24.9x18.5cm
Ed.500
Signed

 


"From the Notched Pink"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 14.0x10.0cm
Sheet size: 25.0x18.5cm
Ed.500
Signed

"Round, Round, and Round"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0x15.0cm
Sheet size: 18.5x24.8cm
Ed.500
Signed

"White Half Circle"

1982
Silkscreen
Image size: 14.9×10.0cm
Sheet size: 25.9×20.0cm
Ed.500
Signed

 


"Oval is Green"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 14.0x10.0cm
Sheet size: 24.9x18.4cm
Ed.500
Signed

"Top is Upward"

1983
Silkscreen
Image size: 13.9x10.0cm
Sheet size: 27.0x20.0cm
Ed.115
Signed

"One Green"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0×10.0cm
Sheet size:25.0×18.4cm
Ed.500
Signed

 


"Brown Box in Light Green"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0×10.0cm
Sheet size: 15.0x15.0cm
Ed.500
Signed

"Red and Green Facing Each Other"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0x10.0cm
Sheet size: 24.9x18.5cm
Ed.500
Signed

"Green Triangle, Circle, and Square"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0x10.0cm
Sheet size: 24.9x18.5cm
Ed.500
Signed

 


"Two on the Red Square"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0x10.0cmbr> Sheet size: 24.9x18.5cm
Ed.500
Signed

"Green "No""

1981
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0×10.0cm
Sheet size: 15.0x15.0cm
Ed.500
Signed

"Red Shape With White Light"

1981
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0x10.0cmm
Sheet size: 15.0x15.0cm
Ed.500
Signed

 


"Two Red Lines"

1981
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0x10.0cm
Sheet size: 15.0x15.0cm
Ed.500
Signed

"From a Purple Triangle"

1981
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0x10.0cm
Sheet size: 15.0x15.0cm
Ed.150
Signed

"Yellow Triangle"

1981
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0x10.0cm
Sheet size: 15.0x15.0cm
Ed.500
Signed

 


"Purple and Grey Shapes"

1981
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0×10.0cm
Ed.500
Signed

"Yellow and Red"

1981
Silkscreen
Image size: 9.8x15.0cm
Sheet size: 12.0x17.0cm
Ed.1000
Signed

"Inside Black"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0×10.0cm
Sheet size: 15.0x15.0cm
Ed.2500
Signed on plate

 


"Green Curtain"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0x9.5cm
Sheet size: 15.0x15.0cm
Ed.250
Signed

"Red Shape"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0x10.0cm
Sheet size: 15.0x15.0cm
Ed.250
Signed

"Pink Square"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0x10.0cm
Sheet size: 15.0x15.0cm
Ed.250
Signed

 


"Two Greens"

1979
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0×10.0cm
Sheet size: 15.0x15.0cm
Ed.2500
Signed on plate
   

 


"Seven shapes are around the flow"

2011
Silkscreen
Image size: 29.6x41.9cm
Sheet size: 40.2×54.0cm
Ed.90
Signed

"Eight shapes"

2011
Silkscreen
Image size: 29.8x41.9cm
Sheet size: 40.2×54.0cm
Ed.90
Signed

"A Triangle and Shapes"

2010
Silkscreen
Image size: 22.1×27.2cm
Sheet size: 34.3×38.2cm
Ed.120
Signed

 


"Three Bars"

2010
Silkscreen
Image size: 22.1×27.2cm
Sheet size: 34.3×38.2cm
Ed.120
Signed

"Four Connected"

2010
Silkscreen
Image size: 22.1×27.2cm
Sheet size: 34.3×38.2cm
Ed.120
Signed

"18 Squares"

2010
Silkscreen
Image size: 22.1×27.2cm
Sheet size: 34.3×38.2cm
Ed.120
Signed

 


"Bent Lines"

2010
Silkscreen
Image size: 22.1×27.2cm
Sheet size: 34.3×38.2cm
Ed.120
Signed

"Round Shapes and"

2010
Silkscreen
Image size: 22.1×27.2cm
Sheet size: 34.3×38.2cm
Ed.120
Signed

"Mesh is White"

2010
Silkscreen
Image size: 22.1×27.2cm
Sheet size: 34.3×38.2cm
Ed.120
Signed

 


"Six Bar Shapes"

2010
Silkscreen
Image size: 22.1×27.2cm
Sheet size: 34.3×38.2cm
Ed.120
Signed

"Yellow-green Triangle"

2010
Silkscreen
Image size: 22.1×27.2cm
Sheet size: 34.3×38.2cm
Ed.120
Signed

"Three Black Stacks"

2010
Silkscreen
Image size: 27.2×22.2cm
Sheet size: 39.4×33.3cm
Ed.120
Signed


"Red Shape and"

2010
Silkscreen
Image size: 27.2×22.2cm
Sheet size: 39.4×33.3cm
Ed.120
Signed

"Red Inside a Square"

1993
Silkscreen
Image size: 73.0×103.0cm
Sheet size: 80.2×112.0cm
Ed. 100
Signed
SOLD

"Two Red Notches"

Silkscreen collage
30.0×53.5cm
Ed.150
Signed

 


"Work 1973"

1973
Drawing and collage on paper
14.8x9.9cm
Signed and dated
SOLD

"Work 1972"

1972
Drawing on paper
14.8x9.9cm
Signed and dated
SOLD

"Work 1971"

1971
Drawing (pen and spray) on paper
9.9x14.8cm
Signed and dated
SOLD

 


"Work 1968"

1968
Drawing (pen and watercolor) on paper
14.8x9.9cm
Signed and dated
SOLD

"Work 1962"

1962
Drawing on paper
Sheet size: 14.1×9.1cm
Signed
SOLD

"Three Times Orange in a Cardboard Box"

1983
Silkscreen collage
29.5x53.0cm
Ed.150
Signed
SOLD

 


"Pink and Pink at the Bottom"

1984
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0×15.0cm
Ed.500
Signed
SOLD

"Like White Light Emerging"

1977
Silkscreen
Image size: 61.0×47.0cm
Ed.100
Signed
SOLD
 

 

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