Ushio Shinohara and his Boxing Painting

by Alain Chivilò


Ushio Shinohara (Tokyo 1932) conceived and invented his Boxing Paintings during the beginning of Sixties but, he did not remain tied only to this artistic expression. He is an experimenter touching on different methodologies and expressions.

Ushio Shinohara has been founder member of the Japanese Neo Dada group (Neo Dadaism Organisers), exploring pop art since 1963 with the Imitation Art series: critical and provocative take on the work of American pop artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. After the boxing painting Shinohara moved to mechanical means of artistic production, using new industrial materials and airbrush. 

In the video taken from a live performance in Dallas (DMA), it is possible to show the approach to a huge canvas. As a personal technique, Ushio Shinohara used paint-soaked sponges attached to handy boxing gloves to create his unique way of making and painting action painting.


Ushio Shinohara Boxing Painting Performance in Dallas


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