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Kumi Sugaï

Kumi Sugaï

Japan • Born in: 1919

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Kumi Sugaï (Japanese, 1919–1996) was a painter and printmaker, who moved to Paris and adopted a western style in his art. Born in Kobe to Malaysian musicians, Sugai attended the Osaka School of Fine Arts, where he learned about European painting techniques in addition to classical Japanese painting and calligraphy. In 1937, he dropped out to work as a designer at a railway company until the end of World War II. In 1952, Kumi Sugaï moved to Paris and absorbed western styles, including Abstract Expressionism, and later, Minimalism and Pop Art. At first, Sugai worked with traditional ukiyo-e woodblock techniques, using bright colors to create prints infused with contemporary western influences. In the 1960s, however, Sugai transitioned into painting and printing more geometric images of letters and traffic and directional signs. He quickly met international success, and exhibited work at the Sao Paulo Biennale, documenta at Kassel, and the Venice Biennale, as well as solo shows in New York and Tokyo. In addition to painting, Kumi Sugaï wrote essays on his artistic process and, inspired by his friend, Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901–1966), translated the subject matter of some of his paintings into small sculptures. Though his work fell out of the public eye, Sugai continued to work in his geometric style for the rest of his life. Sugai died in his hometown of Kobe in 1996.
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Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995 30.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch Print

£475

Kumi Sugaï, Holiday 1, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Holiday 1, 1978 11.5 x 9.9 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, Abstract Composition, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Abstract Composition, 1971 24.8 x 18.5 x 0 inch Print

£328

Kumi Sugaï, Holiday 2, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Holiday 2, 1978 11.5 x 9.9 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, Holiday 5, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Holiday 5, 1978 11.5 x 9.9 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, Holiday 4, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Holiday 4, 1978 11.5 x 9.9 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, Holiday 3, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Holiday 3, 1978 11.5 x 9.9 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, Crossing 5, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Crossing 5, 1978 9.9 x 11.5 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, Crossing 4, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Crossing 4, 1978 9.9 x 11.5 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, Sans titre, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Sans titre, 1992 29.9 x 22 x 0 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, S (Rouge et bleu), Print

Kumi Sugaï

S (Rouge et bleu), 1990 25.6 x 19.7 inch Print

£562

Kumi Sugaï, Variation I, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Variation I, 1989 25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, Ultimes 1, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Ultimes 1, 1996 29.9 x 22 x 0 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, Ultimes 4, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Ultimes 4, 1996 22 x 29.9 x 0 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, Ultimes 5, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Ultimes 5, 1996 22 x 29.9 x 0 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, Ultimes 2, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Ultimes 2, 1996 29.9 x 22 x 0 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, Ultimes 3, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Ultimes 3, 1996 29.9 x 22 x 0 inch Print

£519

Kumi Sugaï, Quatre flèches, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Quatre flèches, 1990 29.9 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch Print

£389

Kumi Sugaï, Quatre flèches, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Quatre flèches, 1990 25.6 x 19.7 inch Print

£562

Kumi Sugaï, S (Trois), Print

Kumi Sugaï

S (Trois), 1990 25.6 x 19.7 inch Print

£562

Kumi Sugaï, S (Flèche jaune), Print

Kumi Sugaï

S (Flèche jaune), 1990 25.6 x 19.7 inch Print

£562

Kumi Sugaï, S (Festival), Print

Kumi Sugaï

S (Festival), 1990 25.6 x 19.7 inch Print

£562

Kumi Sugaï, S (Miroir), Print

Kumi Sugaï

S (Miroir), 1990 29.9 x 22 inch Print

£562

Kumi Sugaï, S (miroir), Print

Kumi Sugaï

S (miroir), 1990 25.6 x 18.1 inch Print

£389

Our recommendations Kumi Sugaï, S Miroir, Print

Kumi Sugaï

S Miroir, 1990 29.9 x 24.4 x 0.4 inch Print

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Kumi Sugaï, Juillet 93, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Juillet 93, 1993 30.7 x 22.4 inch Print

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Kumi Sugaï, Novembre 93, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Novembre 93, 1993 30.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch Print

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Who is the artist?

Kumi Sugaï (Japanese, 1919–1996) was a painter and printmaker, who moved to Paris and adopted a western style in his art. Born in Kobe to Malaysian musicians, Sugai attended the Osaka School of Fine Arts, where he learned about European painting techniques in addition to classical Japanese painting and calligraphy. In 1937, he dropped out to work as a designer at a railway company until the end of World War II. In 1952, Kumi Sugaï moved to Paris and absorbed western styles, including Abstract Expressionism, and later, Minimalism and Pop Art. At first, Sugai worked with traditional ukiyo-e woodblock techniques, using bright colors to create prints infused with contemporary western influences. In the 1960s, however, Sugai transitioned into painting and printing more geometric images of letters and traffic and directional signs. He quickly met international success, and exhibited work at the Sao Paulo Biennale, documenta at Kassel, and the Venice Biennale, as well as solo shows in New York and Tokyo. In addition to painting, Kumi Sugaï wrote essays on his artistic process and, inspired by his friend, Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901–1966), translated the subject matter of some of his paintings into small sculptures. Though his work fell out of the public eye, Sugai continued to work in his geometric style for the rest of his life. Sugai died in his hometown of Kobe in 1996.

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What is Kumi Sugaï’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Colorful Geometric Painters

When was Kumi Sugaï born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1919