Arinori ICHIHARA

(1910-2010)

Born in Tokushima. Moved to Hokkaido with his family at age 3. He began to work at the Ministry of Communications, Otaru Savings Bureau in 1927, and continued to work there for 43 years. He began painting at the recommendation of his coworker, Miyoji SUDA, and in 1951 exhibited his first piece at the Otari City Art Show. The monotypes he began to create in 1958 caught the eye of Teiichi HIJIKATA, and through HIJIKATA's recommendation, exhibited his work in the 1960 "Modern Japanese Prints" exhibition which traveled around the world, such as to Mexico. The same year, he held a solo exhibition at Tokyo Gallery and drew great attention.

Soon he branched out to metallic intaglio printing, making those along with his monotypes. ICHIHARA used many experimental methods not included in the existing concept of "printing", such as making prints with decaying wood, or pressing string or metal net; he created hallucinatory images dressed in a unique physical quality. He was also known as a mountain climber and writer.

 


"SEN
"
1977
Copperplate print
65x50cm
Ed. 100
Signed



"DEY
"
1977
Copperplate print
65x50cm
Ed. 100
Signed


"HOW 1
"
1977
Copperplate print
65x50cm
Ed. 100
Signed

 

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