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STIK (B. 1979)
STIK (B. 1979)
STIK (B. 1979)
STIK (B. 1979)
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STIK (B. 1979)

Onbu (Piggyback)

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STIK (B. 1979)
Onbu (Piggyback)
signed and dated 'STIK 2013' (on the reverse)
acrylic on board
15 ½ x 7 1/8in. (39.5 x 18cm.)
Painted in 2013
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay

STIK’s Onbu (Piggyback), 2013, reincarnates a celebrated Japanese tale in inky black and grey. The subject of his painting is Yaji and Kita, a comical duo invented by Hiroshige, the 19th century master known for Ukiyo-e woodblock prints which later inspired artists such as Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, and Vincent van Gogh. In his celebrated series The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, Yagi and Kita travel the road between Kyoto and the shogun's capital Edo. STIK’s inspiration for Onbu (Piggyback) came from a scene in which the duo tricks a blind man into carrying them across a river. Ultimately, they are caught and then dropped unceremoniously into the water. In STIK’s re-examination, rendered in his characteristically simplistic style, one man clutches the back of another. Onbu (Piggyback) is the original master for a series of woodblock prints on rice paper created in 2013 with the Adachi Institute Tokyo; these were produced by hand in four colours, each in an edition of twenty-five plus ten artist’s proofs. For STIK, Onbu (Piggyback) is part of a larger investigation into classical artworks, their iconography,  and the way the past may be reinterpreted to speak to the contemporary world. 

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