Yasuyuki KIHARA

Yasuyuki Kihara (木原康之, sometimes spelled Yassuyuki) was born in 1932 in Hokkaido prefecture, a large island to the north of Japan’s main island of Honshu. He graduated from Musashino Art University’s Department of Western Painting in 1954 (武蔵野美術大学, Tokyo). and in 1966 participated in a group exhibition. He moved to Paris, France in 1970 where he became a regular member of Stanley William Hayter’s printmaking cooperative studio named Atelier 17.  He seems to have primarily taken to the technique of pure-line engraving, which was Hayter’s favorite.  Kihara is known today for the beautiful appeal of his precisely constructed abstractions, in which the exacting line of the burin takes on a purpose of its own. His control of this tool is masterful.  He did, on occasion, also use aquatint and create color prints.  Line however dominates his oeuvre.  Kihara gained acclaim in the 1970s and was apparently honored in a museum in Hokkaido in 2003.  One museum source lists his dates as 1932-2011.  We were not able to confirm his death.  We also pretty much loose Kihara’s trace once he reaches Paris.  We do not have any knowledge of where he lived, how many prints he created, and whether he practiced other technique or had another career.  Any additional information would be welcome.

Yasuyuki Kihara - Repandu Ecale - Scattered Husk - abstract - Hokkaido Japan - 北海道 - detail

Scattered Husk

KIHARA, Yasuyuki

Répandu Ecale (original French title) Engraving printed on BFK Rives wove paper.Edition of 100.Published by Georgetown Graphics Inc for the Print C...

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Yasuyuki Kihara - Deplacement - abstract - Hokkaido Japan - 北海道 - detail1 Sold
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KIHARA, Yasuyuki

Déplacement (original French title) Aquatint printed black ink on BFK Rives wove paper, with a silver background tint.Edition of 100.Published by G...

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