Tetsuro KOMAI

Born 1920 in Tokyo, Japan. Begun to learn a Copperplate printing from Takeo NISHIDA in 1935. He graduated the Tokyo Art School in 1942. After the World War II he exhibited works as a member of the Nihon Hanga Kyokai (Japanese Print Society) and Shunyokai artists’ association and also contributed prints to a variety of exhibitions. In 1951 he received an award in the first São Paulo Biennale for a representative work of his early period, Momentary Illusion, the same exhibition where Saitô Kiyoshi received an award (and had his breakthrough as an artist) with Steady Gaze.

In the following year he was also given an award at the Lugano International Print Biennial. In 1953 he had his first solo exhibition at Shiseido Gallery. From 1954 to 1955 he studied in Paris. The opening exhibition of the Minami Gallery in 1956 was the Tesuro KOMAI Exhibition. From 1972 to 1976, he lectured at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Komai played a significant role in the promotion of Copperplate printing as an art form in the post-war Japan. He died in 1976 at the age of 56.

 

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"Storm"

1962
Etching (Zinc)
18.5×18.5cm
Ed.20
Signed
*Raisonne No. 175 (Bijutsu Shuppan-sha)
SOLD

"Praise to Koshiro Onchi"

1974
Aquatint (Zinc etching)
20.7×10.0cm
Signed
 


"Gajo"

1959
Etching
10.1×12.2cm
Ed.180
Signed
*Raisonne No.351 (Bijutsu Shuppan-sha)

From Geidai calendar

1974
Etching
8.8×8.2cm
Ed.180
Signed

"Nature Morte"

1975
Aquatint, soft-ground etching
18.3×15.0cm
Ed.75
Signed


"Comic I"

1958
Aquatint (Color)
17.6×10.0cm
Ed.10
Signed
Raisonne No.93

"Plain"

1971
Copperplate print
21.7×20.6cm
Ed.30
Signed
Raisonne No.286

"Flower"

1965
Copperplate print (Aquatint) + Hand color
12.5×9.3cm
Ed.100
Signed


"Ace of Club"

1960
Copperplate print (Color)
21.2×15.1cm
Ed.10
Signed

"Indoor"

1970
Copperplate print
18.0×13.2cm
Ed.30
Signed
*Raisonne No.277 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)

"Rock reef"

1972
Copperplate print
23.5×21.0cm
Ed.35
Signed
*Raisonne No.289 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)


"Rabbit in moon"

1951
Copperplate print
12.2×8.3cm
Ed.25
*Raisonne No.31 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)

"Face (Surprised girl)"

1975
Copperplate print
23.0×21.0cm
Ed.60
*Raisonne No.312 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)

"Michallel"

1973
Copperplate print
21.2×10.0cm
Ed.60
*Raisonne No.304 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)


"Original print for Mizuye"

1967
Lithograph
39.1×25.3cm
Ed.85
*Raisonne No.397 (From Museum of Tokyo Reteospective Exhibition catalog, 1980)
SOLD

"Two trees"

1970
Copperplate print
24.3×16.9cm
Ed.200
*Raisonne No.278 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)

"Scenery"

1971
Copperplate print
10.2×11.7cm
Ed.150
included in the collection of poems "Yama no Oku" by Masataka OYAMA
*Raisonne No.285 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)


"Blank space in a wood (Small)"

1971
Copperplate print
10.4×12.0cm
Ed.150
included in the collection of poems "Yama no Oku" by Masataka OYAMA
*Raisonne No.284 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)

"City"

1973
Copperplate print
Image size: 23.5×21.0cm
Ed.250
Signed
*Raisonne No.298 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)
SOLD

"Face"

1973
Copperplate print
Image size: 23.5×21.0cm
Ed.250
Signed
*Raisonne No.294 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)、
Museum of Tokyo catalog No.301


"Still life"

1968
Copperplate print
Image size: 35.5×35.5cm
Ed.20
Signed
*Raisonne No.216 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)、
Museum of Tokyo catalog No.227

"Doll"

c.1966
Etching
14.5×9.5cm
Ed.200(38/200)
Signed

"<CALENDRIER> front piece  Mai  Severed neck"

1960
Copperplate print
Image size: 30.0×24.8cm
Sheet size: 45.3×38.3cm
Ed.37 (There are also EA and offprints)
This print is Ed.9(2/9)
Signed
*Raisonne No.124 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)、Museum of Tokyo catalog No.123


"Symbolised still life"

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"Etude"
1959
Copperplate print
26.2×36.0cm
Ed.20(EP)
Signed
SOLD

12 works from "Nine dreams"

Offset
Sheet size: 31.2×23.5cm each
Byobu (Stand) size: 137.0×273.0cm


"Big tree"
1971
Etching
44.5×32.1cm
Ed.210
Signed

SOLD

"Fledgling"

1955
Aquatint, Engraving
15.5×28.0cm
Signed
SOLD
 

♦ "Tetsuro KOMAI 1920-1976" Exhibition catalog
2011
Publisher: Tokyo Shinbun
20.6x20.6cm
304 pages

 


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Essay: Chasing Tetsuro KOMAI (Japanese)

 


Toki-no-Wasuremono Archives
"Toki-no-Wasuremono Archives vol.4/Mr.S Collection  Tetsuro KOMAI Exhibition PART I"

 


Catalog
"Fukuhara Collection  Tesuro KOMAI Works Exhibition / Shape of Unfinished Dream"
"15 years after Death  Copperplate printing poet  Tetsuro KOMAI  Retrospective Exhibtion" Catalog

 


Exhibitions
2014
No.251    25th Q Ei exhibition "Q Ei and Sadajiro KUBO"    11th Jun. - 28th Jun.


2010
No.194    Tetsuro KOMAI Collection Mr.S PART II    26th Oct. - 6th Nov.

2009
No.181    Tetsuro KOMAI Collection Mr.S PART I    20th Nov. - 28th Nov.

2008
No.169    Rediscover The Beauty of Prints    12th Dec. - 27th Dec.

2000
No.69    Tetsuro KOMAI Exhibition -80th Anniversary-    21st Apr. - 20th May. (Japanese page)

1999
No.51    Tetsuro KOMAI and the World of Illustrated Books    11th Jan. - 30th Jan.

1998
No.44    Modern Art in Oriental Sapce II    5th Jun. - 20th Jun.

1997
No.26    Copperplate Print Selection 3    1st Apr. - 10th Apr.

1996
No.17    Watercolor, Drawing and Print Collection    4th Sep. - 21st Sep.

1995
No.1    Copperplate Print Selection 1    5th Jun. - 18th Jun.

 


Toki-no-Wasuremono Tsushin (Japanese page)

2000 May Editon <Teysuro KOMAI>
1999 December Special Edition (Tesuro KOMAI, Tadanori YOKOO, etc.)

 


Gallery Owner's Essay (Japanese page)
Tesuro KOMAI -Around Fukuhara Collection-
Around Fukuhara Collection Again -Tesuro KOMAI Discovered-



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