Ansei UCHIMA

Uchima was born 1921 in Stockton, California. In 1940, he went to Tokyo to study architecture at Waseda University. After the war, Uchima met the sosaku hanga artist Onchi Koshiro, and began to venture into abstract woodblock printing. He held his first solo exhibition at Yoseido Gallery (Tokyo) in 1955. In 1960, he relocated to New York, where he received twice a Guggenheim Fellowship for print artists (1962 and 1970). Uchima taught at Sarah Lawrence College, and held a position as an adjunct professor of printmaking at Columbia University. He died in 2000, aged 79.

Uchima, who had his roots both in Japan and the United States, is known to have advanced traditional techniques derived from ukiyo-e printmaking into what he called “weaves of colors.” This approach was used for his series Forest Byobu where he layered 45 color plates to create one print. The vivid colors, delicate gradations and dense layering of these works exude a refined sense of harmony. Uchima’s prints are full of a fresh and modern sensibility, contributing to their lasting appeal. Major collections holding his works are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum.

 


"WINDOW NUANCE (ROSE)"

1978
Woodblock print
Imaze size:30.0×22.0cm
Sheet size:37.5×28.5cm
A.P.
signed

 


"Forest Weave (Bathers-two-cobalt)"

1982
Oil on canvas
91.5x66.0cm

 


"Forest Weave (Bathers-Autumn)"

1982
Woodblock print
Image size: 71.0×52.0cm
Sheet size: 84.5×60.0cm
A.P.
Signed

"Forest Weave (Bathers-Fall)"

1982
Woodblock print
Image size: 75.8×41.0cm
Sheet size: 86.5×50.0cm
A.P.
Signed

"Forest Weave (Spring Murmur)"

1980
Woodblock print
Image size: 48.0×80.5cm
Sheet size: 56.5×91.0cm
A.P.
Signed

 


"Forest Byobu (Fragrance)"

1981
Woodblock print
Image size: 76.0×44.0cm
Sheet size: 83.6×51.0cm
Ed. 120
Signed

"Forest Byobu (Fall)"

1979
Woodblock print
Image size: 45.5×76.0cm
Sheet size: 55.0×88.0cm
A.P.
Signed

"In Blue (Large)"

1975
Woodblock print
Image size: 47.7×73.6cm
Sheet size: 57.0×78.8cm
Ed. 30
Signed

 


"Forest Byobu (Screen B)"

1978
Woodblock print
Image size: 47.0×71.0cm
Sheet size: 57.0×82.0cm
A.P.
Signed

"Forest Weave (Bathers-two-cobalt)"

1982
Woodblock print
Image size: 68.0×49.0cm
Sheet size: 82.0×57.0cm
A.P.
Signed


"Forest Byobu (Autumnal Blend A)"

1981
Woodblock print
53.0×20.8cm
A.P. only; mutiple editions
Signed

SOLD

 


"Forest Byobu (Vermilion Blend)"

1981
Woodblock print
53.0×38.0cm
A.P.
Signed

"Forest Weave (Twilight Weave A)"

1981
Woodblock print
59.5×52.7cm
A.P.
Signed

"Light Mirror, Water Mirror"

1977
Woodblock print
46.3×70.8cm
Ed. 50

 


"Hermit"

1957
Woodblock print
Image size: 77.1×41.0cm
Frame size: 96.3×58.4cm
Signed

"Shifting Horizon"

1960
Woodblock print
Image size: 31.7×24.0cm
Frame size: 53.0×38.0cm
Ed. 15
Signed

"Early Summer Rain"

1961
Woodblock print
Image size: 50.5×38.cm
Sheet size: 61.5×45.5cm
A.P.
Signed

 


"Spring Snow"

1962
Woodblock print
Image size: 77.5×33.5cm
Frame size: 93.6×49.8cm
Signed

"Summer Stream"

1962
Woodblock print
Image size: 38.0×51.0cm
Sheet size: 44.6×57.2cm
Ed. 200
Signed

"Space & Movement"

1963
Woodblock print
Image size: 42.3×81.0cm
Sheet size: 45.5×87.6cm
Ed. 30
Signed

 


"Reflection in Rain"

1965
Woodblock print
Image size: 46.0×41.0cm
Sheet size: 49.5×44.0cm
Signed

"CITY LIGHTS"

1967
Woodblock print
Image size: 54.0×40.0cm
Sheet size: 60.0×45.5cm
Signed

"PASTORAL POEM"

1967
Woodblock print
Image size: 39.3×18.1cm
Sheet size: 44.8×30.6cm
Signed

 


"Ruins B"

1967
Woodblock print
Image size: 17.6×55.6cm
Sheet size: 22.6×60.1cm
Ed. 30
Signed

"SHORT POEM"

1967
Woodblock print
Image size: 55.6×17.6cm
Sheet size: 60.7×22.8cm
Signed

"SHORT POEM Black & Red"

1967
Woodblock print
Image size: 31.7×24.0cm
Sheet size: 44.6×31.1cm
Signed

 


"Time, Space-Horizontal B"

1969
Woodblock print
Image size: 35.5×75.8cm
Frame size: 55.5×95.5cm
Ed. 30
Signed

"In Space Pink"

1969
Woodblock print
Image size: 76.0×50.5cm
Sheet size: 84.0×57.0cm
Signed

"Space Landscape (C)"

1970-75
Woodblock print
Image size: 76.0×51.5cm
Sheet size: 79.5×58.5cm
Signed

 


"TWO SPHERES IN SPACE"

1971-73
Woodblock print
Image size: 76.0×52.0cm
Sheet size: 86.6×59.9cm
Ed. 30
Signed

"I-V Space Tranquility"

1972
Woodblock print
Image size: 70.6×53.1cm
Sheet size: 82.4×61.4cm
Signed

"Space Gesture"

1972-76
Woodblock print
Image size: 73.5×53.0cm
Sheet size: 78.5×58.0cm
Ed. 30
Signed

 


"Aretic Landscape"

1973-76
Woodblock print
Image size: 76.0×53.4cm
Sheet size: 83.7×61.3cm
Ed. 30
Signed

"Blue to White: Cascade"

1976-77
Woodblock print
75.8×28.5cm
Ed. 30
Signed

"Light Echo"

1977
Woodblock print
70.8×50.5cm
A.P.
Signed

 


"Westchester (November)"

1982
Copperplate print
15.0×10.0cm
Ed. 104
Signed

"Impromptu A"

1968
Watercolors
27.9×38.0cm
Signed

"Forest Byobu (Steps)"

1980
Copperplate print
Image size: 14.3x9.3cm
Sheet size: 28.4x25.0cm
Signed

 


"Shrub Oak (Steps B - Black)"

1981
Copperplate print
Image size: 14.5x11.8cm
Sheet size: 28.3x22.8cm
Signed

"Shrub Oak (Steps B - Green)"

1981
Copperplate print
Image size: 14.4x12.0cm
Sheet size: 28.3x23.0cm
Signed

"Two Roses"

1982
Etching
Image size: 14.0×11.0cm
Sheet size: 28.3×23.0cm
Signed

 


"Self Portrait with flower (A)"

1982
Copperplate print
Image size: 12.6x9.0cm
Sheet size: 28.9x27.8cm
Signed

"Self Portrait (D)"

1982
Copperplate print
Image size: 7.6x8.0cm
Sheet size: 28.4x28.8cm
Signed

"Self Portrait (E)"

1982
Copperplate print
Image size: 7.5x8.5cm
Sheet size: 28.7x28.2cm
Signed

 

◆ Hanga Handbook "Toki-no-Wasuremono #4: Satoru Kitago / Ansei Uchima"





32.0×26.0cm, 24 pages
Silkscreen, unbound, cover: hot stamped
Edition A: 35 exemplars
Includes 3 copperplate prints by Satoru Kitago and 1 copperplate print + 1 woodblock print by Ansei Uchima
(5 works total)
Edition B: 100 exemplars
Includes 1 copperplate print by Satoru Kitago and 1 copperplate print by Ansei Uchima
(2 works total)

"Forest Byobu with Bouquet"

1979 (printed 2001)
Woodblock print
19.7×26.5cm
Ed. 35
(Original edition printed by the artist was limited to 30)
※ Included in Edition A

"Rose One (B)"

1982 (printed 2001)
Copperplate print
11.7×9.0cm
Ed. 135
(Original edition printed by the artist was limited to 10)
Included in Edition A and Edition B

 

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 Exhibitions
2015
266th Gallery Exhibition: Ansei Uchima, Aug 25-Sep 5, 2015