Artist and designer Izumi Inoue marked the beginning of this year, the Year of the Monkey, the way he has marked the arrival of the last 26 years: by creating a lino cut, printing it in a limited edition, and mailing the prints to his family and friends. Inspired by an elementary-school assignment in his native Japan, he embarked on this annual project in 1990, conceiving of each design as a reflection both of the year’s symbolic animal and of his state of mind at the time. Prints of all twenty-six images — including this year’s Monkey, with its folk-art influenced lines — are collected here for the first time.
Born in Nagasaki, Japan, Izumi Inoue moved to the U.S. in 1977 to study Fine Art at SUNY Albany. Since then, he has worked extensively as a graphic designer, art director and product developer, while continuing to make and exhibit his work. Inoue splits his time between New York City and the Catskills.
Prints for the Chinese New Year
March 12–30, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 19, 7-9pm
Open for viewing during Open Hours and events, and by appointment