Fumio Tomita – exhibition in Retroavangarda Gallery

From November 22nd until the end of December 2018 Retroavangarda Gallery in Jerozolimskie Business Park will be exhibiting graphics by the splendid Japanese artists Fumio Tomita. Tomita’s artworks can be found in the collections of world-famous museums but in Poland his art is yet to be known. The exhibition in Retroavangarda Gallery is the first presentation of his pieces in this country on such scale.

Fumio (Humio) Tomita was born in 1934. In 1957 graduated at the Kagoshima University of Art in Japan, and after his graduation he received many awards, and he exhibited at numerous exhibitions at home and especially abroad. Tomita is a member of Japan Print Association.

Tomita’s graphics stand out due to their sense of form, bold, vibrant color choices and precise execution. Big, asymmetrical plains are set in contrast with elaborate and precise detail. Although the pieces bear some resemblance to the 60s geometric style, including op-art, Tomita’s artworks remain thoroughly original, unique and their futuristic vibe perfectly compliments modern interiors.

All graphics presented at the exhibition belong to the collection of Dariusz Wilicki and Karolina Kaja Kant.

Francis Blakemore wrote in his book “Who’s Who in Modern Japanese Prints” about Fumio Tomita: “Skillfully and with great precision, he employs silkscreen to best advantage, producing large, intensely colorful prints. Bold shapes are dominated by circles containing as many as six or seven strong colors that both harmonize and clash, igniting a conflict between form and intense  coloration that unifies the work rather than disintegrates it”.

National Exhibitions, Japan

1968 – Contemporary Art of Japan
1969-1977 – C.W.A.J. Print Exhibitions
1969-1984 – Japan Print Association Exhibition
1971 – Constellation of Print Exhibition
1971 – Selection Art of Chiba Exhibition
1972-1976 – Print Gallery
1982 – Taylor Gallery
1984 – Gallery horse Pavilion
1985 – Yamagataya
1988-1990 – Fujimi Gallery
1989-1990 – Keiyo Gallery
1990 – Kirakuya Gallery
1990 – Tianjin Tanggu Trade shows

International Exhibitions

1972, 1976, 1978 – Kracow International Print Biennal, Poland
1974, 1978, 1982 – Ibiza International Graphic Biennal, Spain
1975 – New Hampshire Print Exhibition, U.S.A.
1975, 1977 – Ljubljana International Print Biennal, Yugoslavia
1976 – Bradford International Print Biennal, England
1976, 1977 – Northwest Small Format Exhibition, U.S.A.
1977 – World Print Exhibition, U.S.A.
1978 – Norway International Print Biennal, Norway
1978 – Miami International Print Biennal Exhibition, U.S.A.
1978 – Contemporary Print of Japan Exhibition, Spain
1980 – Frechen International Print Biennal, Germany
1981, 1982 – Mini Print International Cadaques, Spain
1982 – The Second Space International Miniature Print Exhibition, Korea
1982, 1990 – International Print Miniature Exhibition, South Korea
1983 – International Print Biennial Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan
1984 – International Print Biennial Exhibition, Belgium
1985, 1987, 1989 – International Print Pieces Exhibition, Corbin, South Korea
1987 – International Print Biennial Exhibition, Catania, Italy
1989 – International Print Biennale Exhibition, Varna, Bulgaria
1990 – International Print Triennial Exhibition, East Germany
2008 – Magia grafiki Japońskiej, Poland          

One Man Gallery Shows

1967 – Kunugi Gallery
1969, 1976 – Yoseido Gallery
1970 – Kinokuniya Gallery
1972, 1976 – Hanga Gallery
1982 – Taller Galeria Fort, Spain

Awards

1968 – The 1st Geijutsu Seikatsu Gallery Concours
1969 – New Face Prize of Modern Art Exhibition
1970 – C.W.A.J. Print Exhibition
1976 – North West Small Format Exhibition, U.S.A.
1981 – Mini Print International Exhibition, Spain

Important collections

British Museum
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Seattle Art Museum
Harvard Art Museums
Kyoto National Museum
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum  of Art
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
International Museum of contemporary Art, Brazil
National Library of France 
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Yugoslavia
MACC Museum of Contemporary Art of Campinas, Brazil
Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
University of Michigan Museum of Art

 

 

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