Makoto MIKAMI

Born 1919 in Osaka, Mikami grew up in Fukui Prefecture. He graduated in 1944 from the Kyoto City School of Painting (now Kyoto City University of Arts), and formed Pan-Real Art Association in 1948 together with Shingo Hoshino, Kazuo Yagi, Osamu Suzuki and others, to oppose the established art scene in Kyoto. Combining collage and frottage with Nihonga, and relying on cardboard, wood and other unconventional materials, Mikami created geometrical compositions of a highly individualistic tone. He succumbed to Tuberculosis at the age of 52 in 1974.

In 1999, we started to publish the journal “Hanga Shoshi” to introduce outstanding contemporary artists, and excavate works forgotten from the meandering courses of art history. In each number, we would feature one living and one dead artist. In the first issue we included Takao Ono and Makoto Mikami. We knew that Mikami had ventured into copperplate printing, and that those unpublished plates still existed. In short, we organized a retrospective, and included new prints from those plates into Hanga Shoshi Vol. 1. These monochrome works doubtlessly reflect Mikami’s aspirations and passion for the renewal of Nihonga.

 


"Meridian, Endless Cycle"

1967
Pigments on paper
122.5x122.5cm
Shown at the 25th Pan-Real Exhibition. A similar work is in the collection of the Kyoto National Museum ofModern Art

 


"Work"

1963
Pigments, paper, cardboard, wood
68.5x40.5cm
Sealed by the artist

"Work"

1968
Pigments, ink, paper
91.0x61.0cm

"Iris"

Watercolors
60x91.5cm
Sealed by the artist

 


"Flower"

Pencil on paper
Sheet size: 40x72cm
Sealed by the artist

"Work"

Pencil on paper, with lining
Sheet size: 40x55cm
Sealed by the artist

"Drawing"

Ink on paper
40.0x30.0cm
Sealed by the artist

 

Hanga Shoshi Vol. 1: Takao Ono/Makoto Mikami


B4 (32.0x26.0cm), 24 pages
Silkscreen print, unbound, sleave hot-stamped

Special Edition A: Includes 2 lithographs by Takao Ono, and 5 copperplates by Makoto Mikami (reprints). Limited edition of 7.
Edition A: Includes 2 lithographs by Takao Ono, and 2 copperplates by Makoto Mikami (reprints). Limited edition of 28.
Edition B: Includes 1 lithograph by Takao Ono.
Limited edition of 100.
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"Work A (Provisional Title)"

c. 1957 (reprint in 1999)
Etching, aluminium plate
Image size: 11.8x16.0cm
Sheet size: 32.0x51.5cm
Ed. 35
Signed and numbered
Special Ed. A, Ed. A only

"Work C (Provisional Title)"

c. 1960-65 (reprint in 1999)
Photogravure, etching
Image size: 9.5x7.0cm
Sheet size: 32.0x51.5cm
Ed. 35
Signed and numbered
Special Ed. A, Ed. A only
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"Work B (Provisional Title)"

c. 1957 (reprint in 1999)
Etching, drypoint, aluminium plate
Image size: 11.8x16.0cm
Sheet size: 32.0x51.5cm
Ed. 7
Signed and numbered
Special Edition A only

"Work D (Provisional Title)"

c. 1960-65 (reprint in 1999)
Photogravure
Image size: 12.0x5.2cm
Sheet size: 32.0x51.5cm
Ed. 7
Signed and numbered
Special Edition A only

"Work G (Provisional Title)"

c. 1960 (reprint in 1999)
Intaglio, zinc plate
Image size: 16.4x5.8cm
Sheet size: 32.0x51.5cm
Ed. 7
Signed and numbered
Special Edition A only

 

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