元永定正 SADAMASA MOTONAGA (1922-2011)

Japanese artist Sadamasa Motonaga was an important member of the Gutai Art Association. From 1966-1967 with little money to invest in materials, he experimented with cheap, non-art medium and found objects. He developed his own unique artistic language utilizing acrylic paint, canned spray paint, airbrush. His work features flowing lines and pools of brightly colored pigment dripped onto the canvas taking inspiration from Jackson Pollock. His works were shown at the Venice Biennial, Seoul Biennial and Premio Risone exhibition. A pronounced sense of humor remained in his work throughout his lengthy career, he gradually expanded his practice to include printmaking, stage design, and children’s book. His awards include Légion d’Honneur from the French government (1988); Japanese Purple Ribbon Award (1991); Osaka Art Award (1992). His works have been displayed in many important museums including Centre Pompidou, Guggenheim museum, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art New York and many more. 

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