Shigeru IZUMI

Born 1922 in Osaka, Izumi enrolled at Nakanoshima School of Western Art for 2 years starting from 1938, and graduated from Osaka City Kogei School (now Osaka City Kogei High School) in 1939. He then worked in the advertisement team of Daimaru Department Store until 1947. The following year, Izumi successfully participated in the 1st Han Art Association Exhibition. He founded Demokrato Art Association together with Q Ei and Yoshio Hayakawa in 1951. In 1957, he won the Newcomer’s Award at the 1st Tokyo International Print Biennale. Since 1959, Izumi lived in New York. While immersing himself into the American art scene, he continued to submit to exhibitions in Japan and internationally. In 1963, he moved to Paris, returning to Japan 5 years later in 1968.

Izumi’s style gradually developed from fantastic scene towards more abstract and geometrical compositions, culminated in his interest into minerals and other inorganic materials. Relying on a variety of media such as oil painting, etching, lithographs, and silkscreen, Izumi aims for simplicity of shape and composition. Since his return to Japan he briefly experimented with airbrush technique and in later years has often used tools such as French curves to create works of vibrant colors and delicate lyricism. He has been named honorary professor at Osaka University of the Arts. Izumi passed away in 1995.

 


"Work"

1957
Etching
Image size: 23.8x18.2cm
Sheet size: 31.9x26.2cm
Signed

"Drifting"

1957
Lithograph
36.0x55.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed

"Work"

Lithograph
47.5x64.0cm
Ed. 100
Signed

 


"Indian"

1956
Color lithograph
60.3x45.5cm
Ed. 100
Signed

"Work"

Acryl colors
14.0x18.3cm
Signed

 

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