This is a rather unusual and visually arresting contemporary work by a Japanese or Japanese-American artist, signed at top right "Yasushi Saito" and dated there '78. An oil on canvas, unframed, measuring 23" by 19", the work is difficult to describe: a carp-like blue fish at right center appears with conical mountains that resemble Mount Fuji or desert peaks, as stunted bizarre vegetation, possibly trees, complete the visual feast. The scene is a fantasy for sure, resembling to my eye some dust jacket covers of the Harry Potter book series-----especially the violet-rose colors used, and the way they are harmonized. There is a shiny varnish over everything, which led me to believe originally that this was a print, but, it is not. Guaranteed to be an original work on canvas. Surprisingly, an intense internet search has to date turned up no such artist by this name. The painting is mesmerizing and certainly a unique image. The condition is essentially very good, with just that overly heavy, shiny varnish (the artist's intent, perhaps?), some slight unevenness of the surface, some blanching (possibly paint oxidation), a few spots of foreign matter, and some light show-through of the stretcher bars. Found in Los Angeles. This is definitely a conversation piece.
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