MOTONAGA Sadamasa 元永定正

Title : Moriagenotokorohasirotokiiro
1988     acrylic on canvas
Size : 4F

Sadamasa Motonaga is an abstract painter best known for his involvement in the Gutai Group. Motonaga graduated from trade school; with aspirations to be a manga artist, he began to make figural and landscape works on canvas under the tutelage of painter Mankichi Hamabe. In 1952, he began to make abstract objects and paintings, which garnered him an invitation to join the Gutai exhibitions. One of his most famous works was a site-specific installation with pools of colored water suspended in vinyl tubes hanging from trees. From then, he experimented with water and smoke as ephemeral artistic materials. Inspired in part by tarashikomi techniques in traditional Japanese painting, he began to make paintings generated by chance, tilting canvases and pooling paint.
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Born in Iga, Mie Prefecture.

1st, 2nd Mie Prefecture Art Exhibition

Awarded in painting and sculpture section at 8th Ashiya City Exhibition.
Experimental Outdoor Exhibition of Modern Art to Challenge the Mid-Summer Sun exhibition At Ashiya Park.
Joined Gutai Art Association

Exhibition Continuite et Avant-garcies au Japon at International Centre of Aesthetic Research, Italy
Experimental exhibition of contemporary art at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

Exhibition “Contemporary Japanese Painting” at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington.

Went to US and ran a studio in New York.

Back to Japan.

Expo’70 (Osaka Banpaku) Art Exhibition at Expo Art Museum.

Left Gutai Art Association.

Exhibition “Japon des avant gardes, 1910-1970,” Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Exhibition GIAPPONE ALL’AVANGUARDIA – Il Gruppo Gutai negli anni Cinquanta, National Museum of Art in Rome, Italy

Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, 45a Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, Passagio ad Oriente at Venice, Italy.

Passed away.