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    Sale 13430

    Asobi: Japanese & Korean Postwar Art

    11 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 36

    Sadamasa Motonaga (1922 - 2011)


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    Sadamasa Motonaga (1922 - 2011)
    signed Sadamasa Motonaga in English and Japanese, titled Sakuhin (Work) and dated 1962 (on the reverse)
    oil and stones on canvas
    24.3 x 33.2 cm.
    Painted in 1962

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    Sadamasa Motonaga was a self-taught artist who joined the Gutai Art Association in 1955, one year after its formation. He participated in all Gutai exhibitions until 1971. Early in his career, with little money to invest in materials, he experimented with inexpensive, non-art mediums and found objects such as wood, rocks, water, plastics, and nails. In 1954 he started to depict cartoon-like forms in dense oil paint, but by 1957 he was experimenting with pouring and dripping bright pigments onto canvas, allowing the colours to mingle.

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