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Yūichi, struggled to find a personal artistic voice grounded in traditional East Asian calligraphic practice and found himself more inspired by abstract gestural art advocated by rebellious Japanese and Western artists.
Three decades after his death, the art world is taking a fresh look at the deceptively simple — and sometimes unsettling — works of a Japanese calligrapher.
His experimental “one character writings,” as well as his expressive, action-based style of painting, won him considerable acclaim both domestically and abroad
Inoue Yuichi is one of the true pioneers of Japanese abstract calligraphy.
Although trained traditionally as a calligrapher, he ventured outside the box and pushed himself to explore creativity.
Inoue Yuichi transformed Japanese traditional calligraphy into modern art. He explored the human’s conflict between authority and everyday-life.
An iconic figure of post-war Japanese modern calligraphy
Whenever we think about calligraphy, may it be Japanese or Chinese, we see an old man sitting in a tranquil garden, as zen as he can be, before he picks up a brush and elegantly writes down a line or two whilst taking more zen-ish pauses in between.
The Japanese Artist Who Threw Like Pollock And Thought Like Picasso
What is most interesting about Inoue’s career is the way in which he struggled heroically to reconcile the freewheeling dynamism and mathematical precision that he learned from American Abstract Expressionism with the more stoic principles of Japanese calligraphy