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.


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

"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
62.0×46.5cm
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
57.5×33.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 303 (Abe Publishing)

"GROUP 2"
1980
Silkscreen
48.0×33.0cm
Ed. 150
Signed
Raisonné No. 304 (Abe Publishing)


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