Kenji INUMAKI “Study Umber…。”

Kenji INUMAKI “Study Umber…。”《Burnt sienna, Raw umber》2019, 100 x 80.3cm, oil on canvas

Gallery Yamaki Fine Art is pleased to announce to give 「Study Umber…。」, a new exhibition of Kenji.
INUMAKI. Kenji Inumaki was born in 1943, Osaka Japan. Around 1970, some wire works and some of his unique sculptures which appeared as if a piece of glass was standing diagonally got him people’s attention. Inumaki interpreted and composed minimal art based on traditional Japanese culture when creating. Participating important exhibitions including ‘The 10th Japanese International Art Exhibition: Between Man and Matter (1970, curated by Yusuke Nakahara)’ and ‘The 8th Paris Youth Biennale (1973)’, his works have been highly appreciated as a movement having emerged in conjunction with the Mono-ha.
From the mid 1970s, minimal yet original works that connoted fluctuation had been created; faintly hued graph paper grids with color pencils, drawing grids with sumi ink lines from a sumitsubo (sumi inkpot) and a series of ‘Sort of primitive idealistic space’ by applying thick layers of white paint. As Yusuke Nakahara once dubbed the artist “line-ism”, Inumaki has consistently created body of work that the repetition of the act of drawing lines becomes the result, the expression.
Umber is a soil-originated pigment of dark brown. The latest work 《Burnt sienna, Raw umber》 is created by the repeated line drawing of the artist using sienna and umber. Every single line is drawn carefully but casually not to make any significance. Gradually, the lines are layered one after another on canvas and made gradation of shades, and show dynamism regardless of the creator’s intention. Also dripping colors made an expressionistic impression which is contrary to the abstinent attitude towards the creating act of the artist. With the sharp view of the modern world, Inumaki tries to reflect the contemporary relationship between man and matter on this work, changing the materials and techniques.
This is INUMKAI’s third exhibition at Gallery Yamaki Fine Art with new beautiful softly colored paintings after 4 years interval. Please do not miss this opportunity to see his recent attempt. (Kazuhiro Suzuki)

【Selected solo Exhibitions】
2019"Study Umber…。", Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo
2015Solo Exhibition of Kenji INUMAKI, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo
2014Solo Exhibition of Kenji INUMAKI, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo
1999"Solo Show" , Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo
1996“Kenji INUMAKI: Shaping as Evidence”, INAX Gallery 2, Tokyo
1996“Art in Kyoto: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow 18 The Works of Kenji INUMAKI”, Kyoto City Art Museum, Kyoto, Japan
1987“Kenji INUMAKI: To Color“, INAX Gallery Osaka, Osaka, Japan
1967Gallery 16, Kyoto

【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2014"1974 A Turning Point in Postwar Japanese Art : part Ⅱ", The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Gunma
2014Mono-ha (School of Things) vs. Support / Surface, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo
2014Special Show / Tatuso KAWAGUCHI・Kenji INUMAKI, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo
2012‘The Link Between Words and Art: An Homage to Nakahara Yusuke’
2009“23th Ube Biennale: Contemporary Japan Sculpture”, Ube City Outdoors Sculpture Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan
2005“Reconsidering Mono-ha”, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
2005“10th Anniversary Time of Tokyo Municipal Museum 1926-1970”, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2004“Evidence: Bodies and Thoughts in postwar art”, The National Museum of Art, Kyoto, traveled to The National Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
1995“1970: Matters and Parception Mono-ha and other artists questioning roots”, Gifu Prefectural Museum of Art, Gifu, Japan, traveled to Hiroshima City Museum of Art and Kitakyushu Municipal The Museum of Modern and The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama and Contemporary Art of Saint-Étienne Métropole, France
1984“20 years of Contemporary Japanese Art”, Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan
1974“Japan: Tradition and Modern”, Stadtmuseum Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
1968“New Geometric Group Exhibition in Japan”, Tokyo Central Museum, Tokyo, Japan, traveled to Auckland Museum, California, USA['69]
1968“Kyoto Independent Exhibition ‘68”, Kyoto City Art Museum, Kyoto, Japan
【Artist Information】

SessionFri. May 3, 2019 - Sat. Jun 15, 2019 Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Hours11:00-13:00 / 14:00-19:00 [-17:00 on the last day]
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