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Today we are excited to offer for sale a rare and coveted suite of four serigraphs entitled “Four Seasons Suite”, by world-renowned artist Hiro Yamagata! This visually entrancing and enchanting suite of four serigraphs, Four Seasons”, is the epitome of 1980’s color and art. Each serigraph is pulsing with life and movement. Approximately sixty screens and colors were used for each image. The first one in the series, “Winter: Tombe La Niege”, depicts snowbound holiday shoppers skiing down steps and around lampposts, amidst the falling snowflakes in Yamagata’s Winter wonderland. The second serigraph in the series, “Spring: Rites of Spring”, depicts the artist’s fantasy turning to romance in Spring as children play, bicyclers pause and lovers woo on the walkway lined with freshly budding flowers. The third serigraph in the series, “Summer: Kiss for Sale”, depicts colorful characters taking a summer break and meandering on a carnival-like street corner in gay Paris. The last serigraph in the series. “Fall: Down Pour”, depicts brightly colored umbrellas, people dashing through light autumn shower, and the slightly hectic pace of Fall. Overall, an utmost joyful set of art pieces that are sure to brighten up one’s day and make you smile when you look at it! Sets like this rarely go on the market. About the artist: “Internationally known among commercial-art enthusiasts for his pop-inspired faunal and floral imagery, Yamagata is best known in the U.S. as the poster designer for the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Committees. He’s also designed commemorative works for the Air and Space Bicentennial, the U.S. Constitution’s Bicentennial, the Centennial Celebration of the Eiffel Tower, the Bicentennial of the French Revolution – and painted Ronald Reagan’s presidential portrait. I n 1988, Hiro was commissioned by President Ronald Reagan to do a painting as part of the one hundred year anniversary celebration of the Statue of Liberty.
Hiro Yamagata was born in Shiga, Japan on June 30, 1948. He was first interested in painting in elementary school and took a special art class every day after school and through high school with his art teacher, a Japanese-style painter. After his graduation, he went to Tokyo and had part-time jobs in the advertisement field, where his talent was recognized. In 1972, Hiro began attending L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris and began to live his life through painting.
Yamagata escaped to Paris in his early 20’s, and met such persons as John Cage and more notably Allen Ginsberg. He also painted sets for Peter Brook. At the time, Hiro was perfecting a cartoony illustrative painting style that was not particularly Japanese. The style did so well that his work was picked up on by an outfit in California that specializes in selling undemanding middlebrow art in bulk through venues in shopping malls. Yamagata moved to Los Angeles to oversee the selling of his art, eventually opening a studio in Southern California.
In the recent past, Yamagata has explored a completely different aspect of art. In 1997-98, he set out to create Element, a six-part series of environmental installations using theater lights, holographic effects and lasers. Yamagata’s desire was to overwhelm the senses by transforming the “white cube” of the gallery into a spatially infinite site where the micro merges with the macro and the limits of the real are expended.” Dimensions of each framed piece: 24 3/8″ in height x 20 3/8″ in width x 7/8″ depth Weight: 6 lbs
Dimensions of each serigraph (printed area with colors only): Winter 12 7/8″ height x 10 1/8″ in width Spring 12 7/8″ height x 10 1/8″ in width Summer 12 7/8″ in height x 10 1/8″ in width Fall 13″ in height x 7 3/4″ in width
This portfolio of four serigraphs is hand-number and signed by Yamagata himself. The serigraphs were printed on 100% acid-free, 320 gram Coventry Rag paper. The original screens for this suite have been destroyed, so they have never been reproduced beyond the original run. Incredible! Each serigraph bears the copyright of the artist and publisher, and embossed 1987 Seal of Authenticity from the publisher.
Each serigraph was professionally framed by Providence Picture Frame Co. in high quality silver-gilt frames with museum-quality glass. The set of four serigraphs comes with a navy cloth portfolio (19 5/8″ height x 17″ width x 7/8″ depth) emblazoned in gold “Yamagata Four Seasons Suite”. Inside the portfolio there is a title page, description of set page, artist letter to buyer page, and description of artwork page. Also included in the set are four certificates of Authenticity and Appraisal by Tom Binder Fine Arts, Santa Monica, CA.
Rarely does a Yamagata set like this come to the market at such a reasonable price! This is a rare chance to own a magnificent suite of vibrant Pop art pieces. Yamagata buyers hold on to their pieces, so get this amazing set while you can. Fresh to the market!
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