Ushio Shinohara

Ushio Shinohara

Boxing Painting June 4 2010 F, 2010 Acrylic and pigment on canvas

Ushio Shinohara

Ushio Shinohara

Aerogramme Johns, 2011 Acrylic on canvas 48 x 69.5in

Ushio Shinohara

Ushio Shinohara

Boxing Painting May 26 2009 A Acrylic and pigment on canvas

Ushio Shinohara

Ushio Shinohara

Pistols on Aerogramme, 2010 Mixed media 12 x 22 x 8.25in

Ushio Shinohara

Ushio Shinohara

Boxing Painting March 24 2010 B, 2010 Acrylic on canvas 30.75 x 70in

Ushio Shinohara

Ushio Shinohara

Boxing Painting February 19 2009 D, 2009 Acrylic and pigment on canvas

Ushio Shinohara

Ushio Shinohara

Aerogramme Rauschenberg, 2011 Acrylic on canvas 48 x 69.5in

Ushio Shinohara

Ushio Shinohara

Boxing Painting June 4 2010 E, 2010 Acrylic and pigment on canvas

USHIO SHINOHARA    篠原有司男

 

1932 born in Tokyo, Japan

 

Shinohara was one of the more radical artists of Japan’s post-war era. He co-founded the Neo Dadaism Organizers Group, one of the most avant-garde collectives in the late 1950s and 1960s. In 1960, in front of an audience including Nobel Laureate Oe Kenzaburo, Shinohara sported a mohawk and stripped to the waist, cut his white t-shirt, wrapped his hands to form makeshift boxing gloves, dipped them in paint and went on to hit the paper on the studio walls.

Shinohara was a pioneer in performance boxing painting. Shinohara says he was in pursuit of “pure action”, an ephemeral art form that was a critical departure from Abstract Expressionism. Curator Reiko Tommi writes that “...this distinguished Shinohara from other artists like Jackson Pollock, George Mathieu and Gutai’s Shiraga Kazuo, who also used action to create paintings.”

 

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Ushio Shinohara

Aerogramme Rauschenberg, 2011 Acrylic on canvas 48 x 69.5in