1963 Masatoyo Kishi Mid Century Oil Abstract

1963 Masatoyo Kishi Mid Century Oil Abstract

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Masatoyo Kishi, 1963, Oil on Canvas, "Opus No. 63-114", 28" x 1" x 28", Wood Frame

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Mid century, abstract painting by artist Masatoyo Kishi. As typical with NYC artists of the time, this painting is titled in numbers, "Opus No.63-114"on verso and dated Nov. 22, 1963. Oil on canvas, signed on verso and with stamp on lower right. From the Lanyon Gallery in Palo Alto, Ca. Canvas measures 18" x 28" and is framed with a wood frame with silver paintined edges, overall measurement is 19 1/2" x 2" x 29 1/2". 

Excellent Condition - Minor wear consistent with age and history. Frame has some wear.

Masatoyo Kishi (Japanese Painter b. 1924)

Masatoyo Kishi's formal education was in physics and mathematics. "As a Japanese artist in the 1950s in Tokyo, I didn't go to art school," says Kishi. "Japanese artists studied literature, economics, science; then you explored art." After his education at Tokyo University of Science, Kishi turned to abstract expressionist painting. In the 1970s, he moved to sculpture. Kishi's elemental colors are also present in his paintings, but on canvas he interjects cool touches of pale blue and green. He says he works with the canvas on the floor using a wooden stick to drop paint onto the surface. "The paint brush is a difficult extension for me," Kishi explains. "What develops from this method is an orderly conversation between me and the canvas. I respond to each change taking place." The most successful of his paintings transfers the depth and solidity of his sculpture onto canvas.

Selected Exhibitions: 

1961           Annual International Exhibition, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh
1961           Bolles Gallery, San Francisco
1963           Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, University of Illinois, 
                          Urbana-Champaign
1967           Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, University of Illinois, 
                          Urbana-Champaign
1964           Fifth Winter Invitational, Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
1965           Annual Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Art
1965           Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, University of Illinois, 
                          Urbana-Champaign
1967           Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, University of Illinois, 
                          Urbana-Champaign
1972           John Bolles Collection, Oakland Museum, California
1973           Japanese Artists in America, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
1984           Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz. 


Selected Collections: 

Barlow Building, Washington, D.C. 
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Oakland Museum, California
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Stanford University Museum of Art and T.W. Stanford Art Gallery, California
State University College at Potsdam, N.Y. 
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