Skip to main content
  • Design Credit: Kacy Ellis, Photo Credit: Wynn Myers. Dimensions: H 17 in. x W 13.5 in.
  • Design Credit: Jeremiah Brent Design, Photo Credit: Nicole Franzen. Dimensions: H 17 in. x W 13.5 in.
  • Design Credit: Sarah Shetter, Photo Credit: Boris Breuer. Dimensions: H 17 in. x W 13.5 in.
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 11

Ushio Shinohara
Silkscreen Oiran Day Glo Fluorescent 1960's Japanese Pop Art Print Geisha Kimono




Ushio Shinohara (born 1932, Tokyo), nicknamed “Gyu-chan”, is a Japanese Neo-Dadaist artist. His bright, large work has been exhibited internationally at institutions including the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Guggenheim Museum SoHo, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul and others. Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, are the subjects of a documentary film by Zachary Heinzerling called Cutie and the Boxer (2013). Shinohara's parents instilled in him a love for painters such as Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. His father was a tanka poet who was taught by Wakayama Bokusui. Shinohara’s mother was a painter who went to the Woman’s Art University (Joshibijutsu Daigaku) in Tokyo. In 1952 Shinohara entered the Tokyo Art University (later renamed to Tokyo University of the Arts), majoring in oil painting, however he left before graduation in 1957. In 1960 Shinohara participated in a group called "Neo-Dada Organizers". (Masunobu Yoshimura, Genpei Akasegawa, Shusaku Arakawa, Ushio Shinohara, Sho Kazakura, Tomio Miki, Tetsumi Kudo, Natsuyuki Nakanishi) This group of artists showed their works of art in an exhibition in the 1960s called the Yomiuri Independent Exhibition. This exhibition was sponsored by a newspaper, was open to the public, and was not judged by anyone. This type of exhibition was a form of an anti-salon and was a stepping stone for Shinohara’s sculptures of found objects which acquired the label of “junk art.” Later, while living in New York, to save money on canvases (which were and are expensive) Ushio would wander alleyways collecting scraps of cardboard which he would bring back to his studio, wash, and then use to create his sculptures (so-called "junk art") composed of other found objects including discarded trash, motorcycle parts, and other mass-produced tokens of modern society. The Neo Dadaism Organizers, including fellow Yomiuri Independent Exhibition participants Akasegawa Genpei, Shusaku Arakawa, and Yoshimura Masanobu, eventually transitioned into the Neo-Dada movement. The Neo-Dada movement can be considered a phase into Pop Art and was influenced by many of the avant-garde artists. The art that was crafted during the Neo-Dada movement was made with everyday items. (An artist who was influenced by Neo-Dadaism was Andy Warhol.) During this time Shinohara created work called “boxing paintings” in which the artist dipped boxing gloves in sumi ink or paint and punched paper or canvas to splatter it with pigment. Shinohara, similar to many action-painting oriented artists of the 1950s and 1960s, cared more for the gesture and vitality and less for the beauty of the image. As Julia Cassim observed in her 1993 review of Shinohara's retrospective at Tsukashin Hall in Amagasaki, Japan, “His kaleidoscopic paintings of pneumatic, rubber-nippled nudes, bikers and Coney Island’s garish glories are painted in the acid reds, greens and pinks common to Asian street fairs from Tokyo to Bombay. They burst at the seams with detail. Seemingly slapdash and rapidly painted, they are, in fact, as carefully composed as any more formal work.” By 1965 the Neo-Dada Organizers group gave way and Shinohara left for New York in 1969 with a grant from the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund To visit New York was Shinohara’s dream; he left with the intention of staying in New York for a short period to work and create new ideas because of the different surroundings. He came to love the city's spirit and the mix of ethnicities so much he decided not to return to Japan. In New York he loved being a tourist and getting inspiration from anything and anyone he ran into. He kept with the concept of reinventing American art such as comics and Neo-Dada works. In 1965, before Shinohara left for New York, he started one of his most successful series of works is called "Oiran". An oiran is a title given to a courtesan. Instead of making his work look beautiful to represent what an oiran's personality was like, he made her look ugly and based this work off work in the Edo period (1603–1868). This period can, in a way, be called the beginning of the modern period of Japan. The "Oiran" work was a backlash or rejection of what society believed to be beautiful. He used fluorescent paint and showed the grotesque beauty that was ignored many times in Japanese art. Kimono detail. For the "Oiran Series", Shinohara was awarded a prize by the William and Norma Copley Foundation.His next works of art became motorcycles done around 1970. In his mind, motorcycles represented America. He created these works out of discarded objects — primarily scraps of cardboard he washed and soaked in water to make them pliant, shaping them almost like papier-mâché. They were rough, vigorous sculptures. The motorcycles were reminiscent of what America meant to him, but many times these sculptures had geishas riding on the back seat. The sculptures were painted in shades of green, pink and red which paralleled the colors of street fairs in Tokyo. They were full of detail, very carefully composed, and extremely large. Shinohara wanted these pieces to have a great effect on the viewer and sought to accomplish that with the composition, vivid colors and the scale of the work. Around 1990, he turned to boxing-painting once more using a huge piece of paper and boxing gloves dipped into neon paint. This art was soon turned into a performance. He turned these performances into "battles" where he battles against other artists before a crowd, usually in New York. Photographer Shōmei Tōmatsu was a strong influences on his art. Shomei Tomatsu was a Japanese photographer who studied at Aichi University. He took photos for Japanese photography magazines that were controversial and showed contemporary images. Shinohara was also influenced by Hollywood culture, comic books and the culture of jazz. Ushio Shinohara has been married to artist Noriko Shinohara since the early 1970s, together they have a son who is also an artist, Alexander Kūkai Shinohara. Their tumultuous life together as a family was subject to the Zachary Heinzerling directed, 2013 documentary, Cutie and the Boxer. The family is based in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Ushio Shinohara had a previous marriage in Japan and has two children from that marriage. In 1982, the Japan Society in New York City hosted an exhibition of Shinohara's work, titled "Tokyo Bazooka". It was curator Alexandra Munroe's first project at the museum after having studied Japanese art through the mid-19th century and reportedly inspired her research into modern and contemporary Japanese artists practice, including the 1994 exhibition and catalogue "Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky". In 1990, Ushio Shinohara's work was part of a traveling exhibition that was sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Also, his boxing-painting and motorcycle sculptures were a part of an exhibition at MoMA from September through November 2005. Shinohara's work "Coca-Cola Plan" (1964) was included in "Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde" with ran from November 2012 until February 2013 at the MoMA in New York. Collections Shinohara's work is found in multiple public museum collections including: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art with the Yamamura Collection, and others. A 1961 photograph by William Klein, of Shinohara creating a boxing painting performance is included in the collection at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


  • Creator
    Ushio Shinohara (1932, Japanese)
  • Creation Year
  • Dimensions
    Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Width: 13.5 in. (34.29 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    light toning where it was matted. please se photos.
  • Gallery Location
    Surfside, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3827386842

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Ships From: Surfside, FL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn More
About the Seller
Located in Surfside, FL
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 1995
1stDibs seller since 2014
1,191 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Falling Man Manscape Vl
By Ernest Trova
Located in New York, NY
Limited-edition of 175 numbered in the lower margin Hand-signed in pencil in the lower right margin Custom frame dimensions: 31" high x 31" wide Published by Pace Editions

1960s Pop Art Portrait Prints


Archival Paper, Screen

Man Powered Airplane Solomon (Jun Rope)
By Yokoo Tadanori
Located in New York, NY
Tadanori Yokoo "Man Powered Airplane Solomon (Jun Rope)," 1967 Silkscreen poster 41 x 29 inches (image) 44.25 x 32.5 x 1.5 inches (frame) Signed and stamped with Artist's seal White...

1970s Pop Art Abstract Prints



"Oase", abstract print, one of twenty artist proof, signed by Polke, single line
By Sigmar Polke
Located in Cologne, DE
Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) was one of the most important german artists of the late 20th century. In 1961 he joined with Manfred Kuttner, Konrad Lueg and Gerhard Richter the class of K...

Late 20th Century Pop Art Abstract Prints


Cardboard, Offset, Screen

Alexander the Great
By Donald Baechler
Located in New York, NY
DONALD BAECHLER Alexander The Great, 2001 Silkscreen 12 × 9 inches Hand-signed by artist, Signed, numbered and dated on the front with publisher's distinctive blind stamp. Accompanie...

Early 2000s Pop Art Abstract Prints



1988 Man, from the Estate of Dorothy Berenson Blau
By Keith Haring
Located in New York, NY
Keith Haring 1988 Man, from the Estate of Dorothy Berenson Blau (with unique inscription), 1988 Silkscreen. Unique Artist's Proof. Signed and inscribed to pioneering Miami dealer, Do...

1980s Pop Art Abstract Prints



Gorbachev's Head
By Ivan Chermayeff
Located in New York, NY
IVAN CHERMAYEFF Perestroika/Glasnost (Aka Gorby's Head), 1991 Silkscreen on wove paper signed in pencil by Ivan Chermayeff. One of only a handful of known signed copies. Unframed Thi...

1990s Pop Art Abstract Prints



In Memory of RFK
By Mary Corita (Sister Corita) Kent
Located in New York, NY
Sister Mary Corita Kent In Memory of R.F.K., 1968 Silkscreen on beige art paper Edition of 100 hand signed lower right corner Printed by Harry Hambly, serigrapher, Hambly Studios, Sa...

1960s Pop Art Abstract Prints



Kehinde Wiley 'Head of a Young Girl Veiled' Print, 2019
By Kehinde Wiley
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Kehinde Wiley's 'Head of a Young Girl Veiled' is part of a limited edition print of only 30 copies by Absolut Art. In its powerful execution, this work speaks to the layered complexi...

1980s Pop Art Portrait Prints


Archival Paper, Board, Screen

Yes You Can Can (Splats Edition)
Located in Deddington, GB
Yes You Can Can (Splats Edition) by Amy Gardner [2020] limited_edition Screen Print, Watercolour Edition number 40 Image size: H:50 cm x W:50 cm Sold Unframed Please note that insit...

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Abstract Prints


Paper, Watercolor, Screen

God Save the Queen
By Shepard Fairey
Located in New York, NY
History will remember Queen Elizabeth II with great admiration and reverence - and this pencil signed and numbered screenprint is an all around cool homage to a great lady - with a n...

2010s Pop Art Portrait Prints



Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery