Sumo Wrestling
by Ay-O, 1984
This is a striking silkscreen print by Ay-o (b. 1931), the adopted name of a painter and printmaker based in Tokyo and well-known internationally.   The two outsize bodies are squeezed into the space, giving it energy and drama.  By reducing virtually all detail to outline, the artist is able to focus our attention on the tensed toes and leg muscles, the wrestlers’ arms grasping and attempting to push each other over, and the fringe and giant bow of their belts.  This image is based on a woodblock print by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864), and as a tribute his signature is included in the bottom right-hand corner.

Sumo Wrestling

by Ay-O, 1984

This is a striking silkscreen print by Ay-o (b. 1931), the adopted name of a painter and printmaker based in Tokyo and well-known internationally. 

The two outsize bodies are squeezed into the space, giving it energy and drama.  By reducing virtually all detail to outline, the artist is able to focus our attention on the tensed toes and leg muscles, the wrestlers’ arms grasping and attempting to push each other over, and the fringe and giant bow of their belts.  This image is based on a woodblock print by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864), and as a tribute his signature is included in the bottom right-hand corner.

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