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Biography of Jun Dobashi
Born in Tokyo in 1910, Junichi (Jun) Dobashi studied at the city’s art academy in 1933. He studied at the Tokyo Academy of Fine Arts and graduated in oil painting in 1938. He was then a member of a group of artists known in Japan as Khinjukai (Shinjuki). “Shinjuku is a monster that includes the youth and strength of modern Japan. To express these ideas, an eye that looks at everything in the modern world, such as the flow of time and the movement of thought, is the best.”
The young artist came to Paris in 1938-1939, enrolled at the Ranson Academy, before returning to Japan. Returning to his native country, the young artist was sent to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Falling literally in love with Paris, Jun Dobashi returned to France to stay there for more than 15 years, from 1953 to 1969; this is undoubtedly the reason why he is generally perceived as a Franco-Japanese artist. His work is abstract and approaches the Informal European movement. Not only painter, Dobashi has also forged a reputation as a lithographer and engraver. His work was first exhibited in Paris in 1954.
Jun Dobashi received the Dome Award for which he had been selected in 1956. The following year, the Iris Clert Gallery organized a personal exhibition. Between 1960 and 1969, the artist exhibited regularly at the Fricker Gallery. In 1961, the work of Jun Dobashi was presented in an individual exhibition at the Redfern Gallery in London; this exhibition marked a turning point in his career. That same year, the famous Galerie Schwarz in Milan published one of his prints for his portfolio «Avant-garde internationale» (Volume 4). Between 1956-60, Jun Dobashi exhibited regularly in the main avant-garde salons such as the Salon d'Automne, the Salon de Mai (1956, 1957, 1958, 1960), the Salon des Comparaisons (1960) ; it is presented as a representative of the École de Paris in the prestigious exhibition on the Ecole de Paris organized by the Galerie Charpentier (Paris) in 1960, as well as in the avant-garde exhibition “Luminosite”, which is acclaimed by the critics.Jun Dobashi gained an international reputation, showing his work in numerous group exhibitions in Europe and America. The artist’s works are now part of many important collections in Europe (like the MAM of Paris) and in America (like the Moma of New York).Returning to Japan in 1969, Jun Dobashi continued his work in Tokyo. He died in Tokyo in 1975 at the age of 65.