Hisashi Indo was far from a prolific artist, spending an extraordinary two and a half years to complete a work. He applied paint to canvas, allowed it to dry, polished the surface, applied further paint and polished it again, painstakingly building up layer upon layer. The result is a purple, almost black monochrome, producing an extraordinary level of complexity and texture using only one single colour.
Although his early work included colour, in 1956 he visited Tokyo for the first time, and saw first-hand the rapid post-war modernisation that had taken place, a stark contrast to the more rural Hokkaido he was accustomed to.
His work became more simplified and abstract, focus
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