Holiday 23.4×18cm Copperplate print by Kyu Ei 18/50


Eiku's work often has a unique style that combines dreamlike elements and surreal imagery, and this work is a good example of this characteristic.

The screen is littered with unusually shaped objects and natural elements, blurring the line between reality and unreality.

His works are known for their visual appeal and for leaving a lot of room for the viewer's imagination.


Born in Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture in 1911 (his family runs an ophthalmology clinic in Miyazaki City, but due to extreme myopia he was unable to take over the family business). His real name is Hideo Sugita.

1925 Dropped out of Miyazaki Junior High School (currently Miyazaki Prefectural Miyazaki Omiya High School) and graduated from Kamigyo Nippon Art School.

1934: Met painter Mitsuharu Yamada (then a teacher), who became a lifelong friend.

1935: Selected for the first time at the Central Art Exhibition Formed the artist club Furusatosha with Yamada and others (from around this time he became friends with art critic Usaburo Toyama and painter Saburo Hasegawa)

In April 1936, a collection of photograms titled ``Reason for Sleep'' was published under the name of Eiku, limited to 40 copies.
It consists of 10 photographs sandwiched between the covers, and since there are no page numbers or work numbers assigned, the order and orientation are unknown.
Ei-Kyu's photograms were called photo-drawings because they used paper patterns based on drawings, unlike those of Man Ray and others.

1937 Exhibited his collage works ``Real'' at the 1st Free Artists Association Exhibition After World War II, he focused on producing paintings and prints (copperplate prints, lithographs).

In 1951, he moved to Urawa City, Saitama Prefecture (currently Urawa Ward, Saitama City) and began actively creating art.In the same year, he formed the Democratic Artists Association with Shigeru Izumi, Yoshio Hayakawa, and others, and joined the Free Artists Association and the Creative Aesthetics Association. and formed a deep friendship with Toshinobu Onosato.

In 1960, he died of heart failure at the age of 48. Even after Eikyu's death, his wife Miyako did not remarry and continued to protect his works and donate them to museums until he was 106 years old.