Hiroshi Sugito, ‘The Big Tree’, 1998, Phillips

Signature: signed, titled and dated ""The Big Tree" HIROSHI SUGITO 1998" on the reverse

Midori Matsui, Under the Shadow: Hiroshi Sugito, Tokyo, 2004, p. 8 (illustrated)

Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Hiroshi Sugito

Hiroshi Sugito’s compositions are comprised of both abstract and concrete recurring motifs, often stylized beyond immediate recognition. For example, his paintings feature mountaintops, waves, blossoms, birds, military airplanes, missiles, fire, windows, and especially curtains; these are not used to convey conventional narrative, but rather as pictorial elements. In other works, Sugito creates alternate visualizations, for example, of sounds or nature. Sugito’s work is also known for its use of translucent layers—an effect he achieves by layering acrylic paint and dry pigment—lack of linear perspective, and generous use of empty space. Though he is deeply affected by traditions of western painting, Sugito is strongly influenced by his training in traditional Japanese painting techniques. More recently, the artist has begun to experiment with three-dimensional media.

Japanese, b. 1970