Silkscreen. Born 1935, Hokkaido, Died 1999. Musashino Art College.
Studied in North and South America,Spain and France.
Permanent Collections: the British Museum, London; Queensland Art Museum, Australia; Cleveland Museum; Cincinnati Art Museum; Honolulu Academy of Arts; the Rockefeller Foundation. Solo exhibitions in Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Australia, Norway, Honolulu, Vancouver.
Sawada’s lush paintings and silkscreen prints are now appreciated by a world-wide audience. His imagery is created by layering complimentary colours in soft yet brilliant gradations. Sawada’s use of bokashi (shading from a dark colour into a paler one without any discernable point of change) on his silkscreen has been long admired. He mixed each colour himself and created a visual poem of contrasts of shading by the juxtaposition of shiny and matte inks, and by a breathtaking precision of style.