Original Richard Kirsten Daiemsai "Shifting Mind Image" Portrait acrylic on folded paper, in white, black and gray monchrome Signed in artist hand, "Kirsten", "Daiemsai" not dated In original Japanese frame 17" x 13 ¾" , raised secondary frame 10 ¾" x 8 ¼" , image 10 ¼" x 7 3/8" For your consideration , an original Richard Kirsten Daiemsai (b.1920 Chicago, Illinois) abstract portrait acrylic on folded paper, "Shifting Mind Image" in white, black and gray monochrome. Signed by the artist, "Kirsten", "Daiemsai" and in its original Japanese frame. This fine mid-career work by measures 17" x 13 ¾" , within a raised secondary frame 10 ¾" x 8 ¼" , with the image size being 10 ¼" x 7 3/8". The work is in excellent condition. Richard Charles Kirsten (AKA: Richard Kirsten Daiensai) is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, illustrator and Buddhist priest who was born in Chicago, Illinois, and lives in Seattle, Washington, where he has for most of his life. Since 1957, he has also lived for 3 to 8 months a year in Japan, where he produces much of his work inspired by visits to remote Buddhist shrines and temples there, and in South Korea. His mediums are acrylics, watercolour, wood block print, mixed mediums and bronze sculpture. His subjects are figures, animals, flowers, birds, humour, Buddha, landscape, fantasy and semi abstract, all primarily focusing on spirituality and Zen Buddhism. His styles are surrealism, expressionism, semi abstraction and modernism.
He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Washington. He had a solo exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum in 1943 and has been included in numerous group shows there from 1945 to 1969. He has also exhibited at the Frye Museum (Seattle) from 1960 to 1965 and in 1969. = His work is in many private collections, and in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Seattle Art Museum, the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) and the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art. In addition, he is listed in Jaques Cattell Press, Who's Who in American Art 15th Edition (1982), published by R. R. Bowker Co. (1204 pgs); in Who's Who in American Art 2001-2002, 24th Edition (2001), published by Marquis (1490 pgs); and (prematurely) in Falk's Who Was Who in American Art (3 volumes).
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