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Tetsuo Araki Signed Limited Edition “Blue Moon” Abstract Intaglio Print


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An abstract celestial intaglio print by Japanese artist Tetsuo Araki (1937-1984). The print depicts a layered blue circle with biomorphic abstract shapes reaching toward it from the bottom left corner. Bulbous, flowing shapes in gray, white and red fill the corner of the composition. The black negative space in the work has areas of white flecks, which are reminiscent of stars. Presented under a cream mat and signed "33/120 ARAKI".

Tetsuo Araki began his artistic career as a painter; he studied in Tokyo at Musashino Art University. He became interested in printmaking after seeing the work of Johnny Friedlaender in 1960. From that moment, he devoted his life to it. Beginning in 1965, Araki relocated to Paris to study under Friedlaender. During his time in Paris, he held his first solo exhibition and showed work at a number of European biennials. After becoming ill and returning to Tokyo in 1970, he continued to study new printmaking techniques until his death in 1984. Araki was only 47 years old.



19.25” x 23” x 1” (frame); 13” x 16.25” (sight).

Condition notes:

Some waviness to the work. Some discoloration to the paper and mat. Scratches, chips, and discoloration to the frame. Overall age appropriate scratches and scuffs to the frame.

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