Chiyu Uemae, (b 1920-2018). Untitled, Blue, 2007. Mixed media on panel, 24 x 33 cm. Uemae is one of the oldest witnesses of the Gutai group and its period. Gutai were a Japanese avant-garde group, formed in 1950 post war Japan, of young artists who came under the leadership of an older and charismatic leader, Jiro Yoshihara. Yoshihara himself was an artist whose motto was “never imitate others”: make something that has never existed before. Uemae’s two-dimensional works which are composed of pattern accumulation by painting knife. Japanese. Purchased at the Whitestone Gallery, 2013, for $21,500.