Shosuke OSAWA

Born 1903 in Tokyo, Osawa graduated in 1928 from Tokyo School of the Arts (currently, Tokyo University of the Arts). He joined Nika-kai the following year, actively participating in the organization until 1982. He was appointed a professor at Tama Art University in 1954, a position he held until the 1970s. He exhibited at the Japanese Modern Art Exhibition, Salon de Mai, the International Exhibition of Figurative Art, the Sao Paolo Biennial and others. Over time, Osawa who started out as a figurative painter has been able to incorporate more and more elements of abstract art into his works, adding to the uniqueness of his approach. He worked mainly in oil painting, but also as a printmaker. Osawa died in 1997.

I have been on good terms with Osawa and have visited his atelier many times since in the 1980s the Gendai Hanga Center held the “Hiroshi Osawa: Prints and Watercolors” exhibition. Osawa’s father, Sannosuke Osawa, was a professor of design at Tokyo School of the Arts, and as such has had an important role in the establishment of modern architecture as a profession in Japan during the Meiji period. Osawa, who grew up in a household close to the influential thinker Yukichi Fukuzawa, clearly exhibited the spirit of an urbanite. Sharp witted, with an understated sense of color and form, and an impeccable eye for smooth compositions, Osawa’s art particularly from the 1980s onwards exhibits a range of color that I wish to see more lastingly appreciated.

 


"Three Symbols"

1982
Silkscreen
27.0x23.5cm
Signed

"In the Sunshine"

1984
Lithograph
Image size: 30.0x40.0cm
Sheet size: 44.5x59.5cm
Ed. 100
Signed

"Work"

33.4x24.3cm
SOLD

 


"Harbor"

1984
Lithograph
Image size: 30.0x40.0cm
Sheet size: 44.5x59.5cm
Ed. 100
Signed

"Path on the Fields"

1984
Lithograph
Image size: 30.0x40.0cm
Sheet size: 44.5x59.5cm
Ed. 100
Signed

"Outskirts of the City"

1984
Lithograph
Image size: 30.0x40.0cm
Sheet size: 44.5x59.5cm
Ed. 100
Signed

 


"Around the Paddy Fields"

1984
Lithograph
Image size: 30.0x40.0cm
Sheet size: 44.5x59.5cm
Ed. 100
Signed

"Twilight"

1984
Lithograph
Image size: 30.0x40.0cm
Sheet size: 44.5x59.5cm
Ed. 100
Signed

"Portrait of a Woman (B)"

 

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Exhibitions (Japanese only)
2006
Toshinobu ONOSATO, Shosuke OSAWA: Special Sale, Feb. 10-Feb. 11

1999
64th Gallery Exhibition: Watercolors and Drawings by Narashige KOIDE, Takeo YAMAGUCHI, Kiyoshi HASEGAWA, Yayoi KUSAMA, Yutokutaishi AKIYAMA, and others, Dec. 3-Dec. 11

54th Gallery Exhibition: The Prints of Painters: Kinosuke EBIHARA, Kigai KAWAGUCHI, Kazu WAKITA, Shosuke OSAWA, Yasutake FUNAKOSHI, Shigeru IZUMI, and others, Apr. 2-Apr. 17

1998
44th Gallery Exhibition: A Japanese Sense of Space in Modern Art: Screens and Hanging Scrolls by Tetsuro KOMAI, Shigeru HATSUYAMA, Yayoi KUSAMA, Rokushu MIZUBUNE, Ansei UCHIMA, and others, Jun. 6-Jun. 17

40th Gallery Exhibition: Landscapes with Trees: Works by Tetsuro KOMAI, Shosuke OSAWA, Keiko MINAMI, Shigeru KIMURA, Katsuhiko YOSHIDA, Shigeki TOMURA, and others, Feb. 13-Feb. 28

1997
32nd Gallery Exhibition: Drawings by Shosuke OSAWA, Risaburo KIMURA, Tatsuo IKEDA, Yoshihiko IMAIZUMI, Takao ONO, Naoki FUNAKOSHI, Shinji OGAWA, Tatsuoki NAMBATA, and others, Jul. 22-Aug. 9

1996
17th Gallery Exhibition: Watercolors, Drawings and Prints, Sep. 4-Sep. 21