花 Hana (flower)

About Yu-ichi Inoue

Yu-ichi Inoue gained an international reputation through the course of his career; in fact, Robert Motherwell called him one of the few great artists from the latter half of the 20th century—in spite of his reluctance to regularly participate in exhibitions. Inoue was considered an avant-garde calligrapher for his character-based subject matter, as well as his radicalization of traditional calligraphic techniques and styles. While his primary influences were the old masters of Japanese calligraphy, Inoue also employed action painting techniques like beating or splashing strips of paper with ink-laden brushes. He believed writing in this way could not only convey the meaning of the characters, but also a primitive impulse and an internal state of creativity.

Japanese, 1916-1985, Tokyo, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Yu-ichi Inoue Exhibition, Kamiya Art, Chuo-ku
2015
Calligraphic Abstraction, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
2014
Calligraphy by Inoue Yūichi, Erik Thomsen, New York
2014
YU-ICHI INOUE "Behaded", Kamiya Art, Chuo-ku

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Yu-ichi Inoue Exhibition, Kamiya Art, Chuo-ku
2014
Calligraphy by Inoue Yūichi, Erik Thomsen, New York
2014
YU-ICHI INOUE "Behaded", Kamiya Art, Chuo-ku
2013
Yu-ichi Inoue "Small Pieces", Kamiya Art, Chuo-ku
2012

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
September Asia Week New York 2016, Onishi Gallery, New York
2016
Art Fair Tokyo 2016, Kamiya Art, Chuo-ku
2016
DRAW THE LINE, Onishi Gallery, New York
2015
Calligraphic Abstraction, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
2014
2013
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