1910 – 1975
Junichi “Jun” Dobashi was born in Tokyo in 1910. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo and graduated in oil painting in 1938. He was a member of a group of known artists in Japan known as the Khinjukai. In 1938, he moved to Paris and joined the Ranson Academy, until he left France in 1939.
Upon his return to Japan, he was sent to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos by the foreign minister. Dobashi returned to France in 1953 for a longer period of time and took part in the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Comparaisons, where he moved closer towards the European Art Informel movement.
Dobashi earned a reputation as a lithographer and was awarded the Prix du Dôme in 1956. He exhibited his work frequently at the Salon de Mai between 1956 and 1960, and also took part at an exhibition at the Galerie Charpentier in 1960. The artist had a solo show at the Redfern Gallery in London in 1961, which marked a turning point in his career. His works were, from then on, frequently exhibited at the Fricker Gallery in Paris until 1969. He also exhibited with other artists in Germany and the United States. “His works of art reflect an abstraction; calling to mind various textural effects on a vibrant, colourful background.” Lydia Harambourg (L’Ecole de Paris 1945 -1965, Dictionnaire des Peintres, p.147).
Dobashi is the author of “Ancient Culture and Art of the South” and a collection of essays entitled: “Return to the South”. He returned to Japan in 1969, and continued his career in Tokyo. He died in 1975 at the age of 65 years.
– 1957 Galerie Iris Clert, Paris, France
– 1959 Carroll Carstairs Gallery, New York, USA
– 1961 Galerie Fricker, Paris (gouaches et lithographies), France
– 1961 Redfern Gallery, London, United Kingdom
– 1953 Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
– 1956 -1960 Salon de Mai, Paris, France
– 1960 Galerie Charpentier, Paris, France
– 1963 Exposition d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
– 1964 Exposition internationale Carnegie, USA
– 1965 2e Biennale internationale des arts graphiques, Tokyo, Japan
– 1966 6e Exposition internationale d’art du Japon, Tokyo, Japan
– Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, France
– The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
– Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States