32 х 24 in. (81.28 x 60.96 cm.)
Signed, dated and numbered, each, in metallic ink pen on the front, lower margins of each print (please see images).
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 2006
Foundry/Publisher KaiKai KiKi Co, Tokyo, Japan.
This lot is for three highly sought after offset lithograph prints: "Japanese Apricot", "Japanese Apricot II" and "Hot Spring" by Japanese Contemporary artist Chiho Aoshima (Japan b. 1974), who belongs to Murakami's KaiKai KiKi studio of artists. Aoshima’s work transcends traditional techniques of representation. She uses computer software to create beautiful and erotic worlds of ghosts, demons, schoolgirls, and exquisite natural landscapes. Her work is printable on any surface; from canvas bags to giant wallpaper installations. “My work feels like strands of my thoughts that have flown around the universe before coming back to materialize,” Aoshima states. All three prints by the artist are in excellent condition, each is signed, dated, and numbered on their front. One print is custom framed (see details below):
1. "Japanese Apricot" (2006), offset lithograph in colors, edition of 300. Dimensions: 21.7 in. x 30.5 in. / 55.0 cm. x 77.5 cm. This print is beautifully framed to larger dimensions (please see images).
2. "Japanese Apricot II" (2000), offset lithograph in colors, edition of 300.
Dimensions: 32 x 24 in. / 81.3 x 61 cm. This print is unframed.
3. "Hot Spring" (2001) offset lithograph in colors, edition of 300. Dimensions: 26.50 x 26.50 inches (67.5 x 67.5 cm). This print is unframed.
Chiho Aoshima graduated from Department of Economics, Hosei University, Tokyo in 1995. Aoshima’s work has garnered international renown with a number of high profile projects. She collaborated with fasion designer Issey Miyake in 2003, with her artwork featured in the spring/summer collection. In 2004, she was invited to participate in the 54th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, where she unveiled her largest wallpaper piece to date, measuring 106 feet (32.5m ) in length by 15 feet (4.8m ) in height. In May 2005, as part of the Little Boy project, her ecologically-themed “City Glow” and “Paradise” series covered ad spaces throughout the Union Square subway station in New York, greeting commuters as they passed. In a solo show in 2005, Aoshima presented both her first sculptural work and a 5-screen 7-minute animation piece and in 2006 she was commisioned for the “Art Wall,” Mural Installation, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. In 2007 she has a solo at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France and in the same year the solo "Chiho Aoshima: City Glow," was held at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. In 2008, her work was the subject of the solo show" "Kawaii! -Horror and seduction", at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain. The artist currently lives and works in Tokyo.
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