MATSUMOTO Akira

MATSUMOTO Akira (1936-) Western-style painter, woodblock print artist. Born in Osaka Prefecture. He began as a printer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints, and he received the Yamamoto Kanae award at Japan Print Association's exhibition (1964), and then went on to receive many awards at international print exhibitions such as the Biennial of Graphic Art Ljubliana grand prize (1975) and awards in Krakow (Poland) and Frechen (Germany), thereby securing his footing. His paintings drew attention for their dot landscapes but he has now changed to abstract color dots. “Haishoku -Yoko- (32 shoku)” (in a collection at the National Museum of Art) received a grand prize at Japan Art Festival ’79. After creating series of permutation, juxtaposition, and layout, etc., he created a large screen “Hanabana Kusagusa,” which had a seasonal feeling, and he is now creating a mosaic series “Ha” and “Hana,” “Hoi” with contrasting coloration, and a half-tone dot drawing “Shazo.” “Matsumoto Akira Sakuhinshu, 1960 – 1990” was published by Gallery Natsuhiko, and a collection of original prints called “Jukei” was published by the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts (1993). His works are in collections at places such as the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the British Museum, and the Library of Congress.

"Genpatsu - B." (Oil painting. 73×73cm. Canvas. Acrylic paints.) Created in 2011.
Matsumoto Akira Ten at Sagamihara Citizen's Gallery, Art Spot.

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