Yukihisa ISOBE

Isobe was born 1936 in Tokyo and joined Q Ei’s Demokrato Art Association already during his high school days. He worked with lithographs early on. In 1962, Isobe participated in the Yomiuri Independent Exhibition with relief works of connected “Wappen” (germ. emblem, heraldic plates). He was awarded at the 1963 Japan International Art Exhibition. In 1966, he moved to the United States where his primary interest shifted towards architecture and city planning. In the following years, Isobe engaged in eco-planning projects in the US as well as in Japan. The Meguro Museum of Art held a retrospective in 1991. More recently, Isobe has returned to working as an artist.

While the fervently Wappen-producing Isobe in his early days was enmeshed in a circle of artists such as Masuo Ikeda, Ay-O, Q Ei and other young avantgardists, and in a way contributed to a budding Japanese variant of Pop-art, he had since the 1970s completely turned his back on art. This was around the time when I made my first steps in the art world, and Isobe seemed like a legend to me. The man had disappeared but there were all these works. And they, for sure, did not start to look old even half a century later.

 


"WORK '65-50-E"

1965
Mixed media (colors on tansu furniture)
42.0x97.0x100.0cm
Signed

"Wappen"

1963
Mixed media
Image size: 17.5x17.5cm
Frame size: 30.0x30.0cm

"Wappen"

1964
Embossing
Image size: 27.5x19.5cm
Sheet size: 46.1x31.8cm
Ed. 20
Signed

 


"Wappen"

1962
Relief, wood
28.1x40.4x4.6cm
Signed

 


"Work"

1956
Watercolors, pen
Image size: 71.0x54.0cm
Frame size: 90.0x70.5cm
Signed

"Interior"

1956
Lithograph
Image size: 41.5x57.2cm
Sheet size: 54.3x68.6cm
Signed

"Work"

1957
Glass painting
21.6x31.9cm
Signed

 


"Marin Tower"

1968
Silkscreen
Image size: 45.2x27.6cm
Sheet size: 55.7x43.3cm
Ed. 70
Signed

"SPECIFICATIONS COORDINATE SYSTEM AND MEMBRANE STRESSES FOR A SPHERICAL & CYLINDRICAL SHELL"

1968
Silkscreen
Image size: 53.8x80.8cm
Ed. 50
Signed

"SPECICATION AND INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR DARTMOUTH COLLEGE ART FESTIVAL"

1968
Silkscreen
Image size: 53.0x80.5cm
Ed. 50
Signed

 


"SPECIFICATION AND INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR WESTERN AIR STRUCTURE"

1968
Silkscreen
Image size: 53.7x80.7cm
Ed. 50
Signed on plate

"PARACHUTE CANOPY PROJECT THE DELTA II PARAWING"

1970
Silkscreen
Image size: 53.5x80.3cm
Ed. 50
Signed on plate

"Scene With a Tree"

1968
Silkscreen
Image size: 45.0x68.5cm
Sheet size: 55.8x78.5cm
Ed. 100
Signed

 


"HANGING STRUCTURE PLAN"

1968
Silkscreen
Image size: 53.5x80.8cm
Sheet size: :58.3×85.3cm
Ed. 35
Signed

"HANGING STRUCTURE PLAN" (Section Paper)

1968
Silkscreen
Image size: 53.0x81.0cm
Sheet size: 56.0x83.5cm
Ed. 10
Signed

"Hot-Air Balloon"

1968
Silkscreen
Image size: 68.0x35.0cm
Sheet size: 86.0x53.3cm
Ed. 100
Signed

 


"Geodesic Dome"

1968
Silkscreen
Image size: 71.5x54.3cm
Sheet size: 82.5x62.5cm
Ed. 110
Signed

"Flood"

1968
Silkscreen
Image size: 52.0x70.0cm
Sheet size: 58.5x78.5cm
Ed. 190
Signed

"Aerial Photograph"

1968
Silkscreen
Image size: 70.5x22.8cm
Sheet size: 86.0x50.5cm
Ed. 100
Signed

 


"Wappen"

1963
Mixed media
18.5x14.8cm
Signed
SOLD

"Untitled"

1961
Watercolors
31.0x21.0cm
Signed
SOLD

"Work"

1957
Glass painting
22.5x31.0cm
Signed
SOLD

 

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


2009
Web Exhibition: Yukihisa ISOBE, Oct. 16-Nov. 15