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Noboru Sawai (1931-2016)

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  • NOBORU SAWAI (JAPANESE/CANADIAN, 1931-), BIRDS OF A FEATHER,1980; ANTIQUE BED, C. 1980; LEDA, 1980, THREE WOODCUTS WITH INTAGLIO; EACH ARTIST CHOPMARK, SIGNED AND NUMBERED 14/100, Largest Sheet and Smaller 23" x 17.5" — 58.4 x 44.5 cm. (3 Pieces)

  • NOBORU SAWAI (JAPANESE/CANADIAN, 1931-) ANTIQUE

  • Sawai; Noboru Title: Songs of Spring - Noboru

  • Noboru Sawai 1931 - Canadian Leda woodcut and etching, 1980 signed, titled, editioned 1/100 and stamped with chop mark 23 x 17 inches, 58 4 x 43.2 centimetres Provenance: Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto Private Collection, Toronto ESTIMATE: E600-800 CDN

Noboru Sawai Biography

Noboru Sawai is a distinguished printmaker living in Vancouver. His work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. He has also had an active teaching career, for example, in 1971-1993 at the University of Calgary. In 1981 he founded Atelier Sawai, a Vancouver printmaking centre specializing in the study and making of woodblock and intaglio prints.

Since 1971 Sawai’s imagery has been presented as montage referencing different eras and countries. So, for instance, in one of his prints a Picassoesque figure, an Ukiyo-e print and a contemporary landscape appear side by side. By juxtaposing traditional conceptions of holy and unholy, he confers relatively equal status upon them and thus invites a fresh purview.

Sawai’s graphic designs typically feature monochromatic areas balanced by smaller coloured ones. He has found, through experimentation, that this high contrast approach, when applied to etching and woodblock techniques used in tandem, conveys the degree of cohesion and high energy for which he is looking. To enhance the effect, Sawai since 1996 has made his own paper.

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  • Artist: NOBORU SAWAI - [b.1931] Canadian Title: Signs of Zodiac Media: colour etching and wood block on paper Size: 24 x 19.75 in. / 61 x 50 cm. Notes: signed, numbered and artist's chop middle centre; titled lower centre; archival mat Provenance:, Noboru Sawai, Click for value View Details
  • Artist: NOBORU SAWAI - [b.1931] Canadian Title: Orient Express - Rear Media: colour etching and wood block on paper Size: 17.75 x 23.5 in. / 45 x 60 cm. Dated: 1977 Notes: titled in plate lower centre; signed, numbered and artist's chop lower centre;, Noboru Sawai, Click for value View Details
  • Artist: NOBORU SAWAI - [b.1931] Canadian Title: Orient Express - Front Media: colour etching and wood block on paper Size: 18 x 23.5 in. / 46 x 60 cm. Dated: 1977 Notes: titled in plate lower centre; signed, numbered and artist's chop lower centre;, Noboru Sawai, Click for value View Details
  • Artist: NOBORU SAWAI - [b.1931] Canadian Title: Orient Express - Centre Media: colour etching and wood block on paper Size: 17.75 x 23 5 in. / 45 x 60 cm. Dated: 1977 Notes: titled in plate lower centre; signed, numbered and artist's chop lower, Noboru Sawai, Click for value View Details
  • Noboru Sawai 1931 - woodcut and etching Leda 23 x 17 inches 58.4 x 43.2 centimeters signed, titled, editioned 1/100 and stamped Provenance:Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto Private Collection, Toronto, Noboru Sawai, Click for value View Details
  • Picture, Noboru Sawai, Click for value View Details

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