Octopus Portrait

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  • Literature

    Y. Utsu, Out of Ark, Tokyo: Artbeat Publishers, 2009, p. 2

  • Catalogue Essay

    In her delightfully bizarre Octopus Portrait, Yumiko Utsu combines an octopus, a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine, with a Victorian-era portrait painting. The head of the sitter is cunningly replaced with an upside down octopus, its arms precisely placed to resemble eyes and a hairdo. Utsu draws inspiration from the highly influential Czech animator Jan Švankmajer whose surreal films use food as a metaphor for sexual desire. Utsu’s works have been exhibited internationally and are held in various collections, including the Charles Saatchi Collection, London and the Jean Pigozzi Collection, Geneva.

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ULTIMATE CONTEMPORARY

Octopus Portrait

2009
Chromogenic print, flush-mounted, in the artist's frame.
54.5 x 44.5 cm (21 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.); overall 64.5 x 54.3 cm (25 3/8 x 21 3/8 in.)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered AP2 in ink on a Certificate of Authenticity label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

This work is AP2 from the sold-out edition of 7 + 2 AP.

Estimate
£4,000 - 6,000 

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