Kumi SUGAI

Kumi Sugai was born 1919 in Kobe. He initially worked as a designer for Hankyu Railway Corporation, where he created the logo for Hankyu Braves, one of the first Japanese professional baseball teams. He also studied Japanese-style painting with Teii Nakamura, but in 1952 moved to France where his first solo exhibition at Galerie Craven won considerable praise. In 1955, Kumai started to work with prints, of which he produced about 400 throughout his life. He won the Print First Prize at the Ljubljana International Print Exhibition in 1959, and the Grand Prix of the Sao Paolo Triennial in 1965. Kumai died in 1996, at the age of 77.

The gallery scene of the 1958 movie “Bonjour Tristesse,” by the way, gives a nice impression of Sugai’s early solo exhibitions. Sugai, who entered the international post-war art stage to gather immense successes as an abstract painter, to me has always been an admirable role model and teacher, as his example taught me about the complex relationships between publishers and artists. As a result, we were able to publish more than 70 of his geometrical-abstract prints during the 1970s-80s.

 


"Samurai"

1958
Color lithograph
54.6×46.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 20

SOLD


"Group S"

1989
Lithograph
56.0×76.0cm
Ed. 100
Signed
Raisonné No. 335


"Untitled"

1953
Pen drawing
34.0x25.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed

SOLD

 


"Blue Star"

1976
Multiple (acryl and silkscreen)
10.0×7.0×2.0cm
Ed. 75
Signed on the case by the artist

"Red Sun"

1976
Multiple (acryl and silkscreen, printed by Ryoichi Ishida)
10.0×7.0×2.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed on the case by the artist

 


"GUEST I"

1980
Silkscreen
57.0×38.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 298 (Abe Publishing)

"GUEST II"

1980
Silkscreen
57.5×44.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 299 (Abe Publishing)

"GUEST III"

1980
Silkscreen
62.0×46.5cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 300 (Abe Publishing)

 


"GUEST IV"

1980
Silkscreen
60.0×46.5cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 301 (Abe Publishing)

"GUEST V"

1980
Silkscreen
57.5×33.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 302 (Abe Publishing)

"GROUP 1"

1980
Silkscreen
50.5×44.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 303 (Abe Publishing)

 


"GROUP 2"

1980
Silkscreen
48.0×33.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 304 (Abe Publishing)

"GROUP 3"

1980
Silkscreen
54.0×38.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 305 (Abe Publishing)

"GROUP 4"

1980
Silkscreen
53.0×40.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 306 (Abe Publishing)

 


"GROUP 4-B"

1980
Silkscreen
58.5×43.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 307 (Abe Publishing)

"HOLIDAY 1"

1978
Silkscreen
22.0×16.0cm
Ed. 250
Signed
Raisonné No. 282 (Abe Publishing)

"HOLIDAY 2"

1978
Silkscreen
22.0×16.0cm
Ed. 250
Signed
Raisonné No. 283 (Abe Publishing)

 


"HOLIDAY 3"

1978
Silkscreen
22.0×16.0cm
Ed. 250
Signed
Raisonné No. 284 (Abe Publishing)

"HOLIDAY 4"

1978
Silkscreen
22.0×16.0cm
Ed. 250
Signed
Raisonné No. 285 (Abe Publishing)

"HOLIDAY 5"

1978
Silkscreen
22.0×16.0cm
Ed. 250
Signed
Raisonné No. 286 (Abe Publishing)

 


"SIGNAL A"

1976
Silkscreen (printed by Ryoichi Ishida)
Image size: 34.0×14.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
SOLD

"SIGNAL C"

1976
Silkscreen (printed by Ryoichi Ishida)
Image size: 33.0×19.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed

"SIGNAL D"

1976
Silkscreen (printed by Ryoichi Ishida)
Image size: 31.5×22.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed

 


"SIGNAL G"

1976
Silkscreen (printed by Ryoichi Ishida)
Image size: 31.5×22.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed

"SCRAMBLE D"

1976
Letterpress and silkscreen (printed by Ryoichi Ishida)
24.0×35.5cm
Ed. 150
Signed

"SCRAMBLE E"

1976
Letterpress and silkscreen (printed by Ryoichi Ishida)
35.5×25.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 267 (Abe Publishing)
SOLD

 


"SCRAMBLE F"

1976
Letterpress and silkscreen (printed by Ryoichi Ishida)
36.0×25.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed

"SCRAMBLE G"

1976
Letterpress and silkscreen (printed by Ryoichi Ishida)
24.0×35.5cm
Ed. 150
Signed

 


"BALLE"

1976
Silkscreen
Image size: 15.0×10.0cm
Framed size: 32.0×26.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed
Raisonné No. 271 (Abe Publishing)

"ROUTE"

1976
Silkscreen
Image size: 15.0×10.0cm
Framed size: 32.0×26.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed
Raisonné No. 272 (Abe Publishing)

"Festival 3"

1980
Silkscreen
Image size: 13.5×9.6cm
Framed size: 32.0×26.0cm
Ed. 1000
Signed
Raisonné No. 312 (Abe Publishing)

 


"Red and Black"

1976
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0×10.0cm
Framed size: 27.0×22.0cm
Ed. 2000
Stamp signed
Raisonné No. 245 (Abe Publishing)

"VARIATION"

1976
Silkscreen
Image size: 10.0×10.0cm
Framed size: 27.0×22.0cm
Ed. 500
Signed
Raisonné No. 248 (Abe Publishing)

"ETOILE"

1980
Silkscreen
Image size: 15.0×10.0cm
Framed size: 32.0×26.0cm
Ed. 200
Signed
Raisonné No. 270 (Abe Publishing)

 


"ESPACE ROUGE"

1984
Silkscreen
19.5×14.5cm
Ed. 500
Stamp signed
Raisonné No. 317 (Abe Publishing)

"Festival"

1976
Silkscreen
Image size: 20.0×15.0cm
Framed size: 44.0×36.5cm
Ed. 750
Signed
Raisonné No. 247 (Abe Publishing)

 

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 Exhibitions (Japanese only) 
2011
Web Exhibition: Kumi Sugai    6/16 - 7/15

2008
153rd Gallery Exhibition: Kumi Sugai and Sadamasa Motonaga    2/8 - 2/23

2000
71st Gallery Exhibition: Kumi Sugai    7/4 - 7/22

1999
64th Gallery Exhibition: Watercolors and Drawings by Narashige KOIDE, Takeo YAMAGUCHI, Kiyoshi HASEGAWA, Yayoi KUSAMA, Yutokutaishi AKIYAMA, Makoto MIKAMI, Genkichi SUGIMOTO, Shosuke OZAWA, Kumi SUGAI, Takao ONO, Naoki FUNAKOSHI, and others    12/3 - 12/11

1997
27th Gallery exhibition: Kumi Sugai    4/11 - 4/26

1996
17th Gallery Exhibition: Watercolors, Drawings, and Prints from the Collection by Kiyoshi HASEGAWA, Shosuke OSAWA, Yoshi KINOUCHI, Kumi SUGAI, and others    9/4 - 9/21

1995
8th Gallery Exhibition: A Toy Box of Objects and Prints: Kazuo OKAZAKI, Kumi SUGAI, AY-O, Toshinobu ONOSATO, Jiro TAKAMATSU, Koichi TANIGAWA, Shigeki TOMURA, and others    12/19 - 12/27