Kumi Sugai is a Japanese artist whose career began in advertising, working for the Japanese railroad company Hankyu from 1937 to 1945. He became a professional painter in 1952 after moving to Paris, following growing frustration for the lack of recognition he was experiencing in Japan. The Parisian art world accepted him with open arms, and his first solo exhibition opened in Germany in the 60s.
His style solidified following his purchase of a Porsche, as he became inspired by the risk and the thrill of a fast car. Unfortunately this resulted in a serious crash in the late 60s, which affected his health significantly yet did not deter him from buying a new Porsche or from continuing to paint.
From specialist Anastasia von Seibold - “He followed the same routine for more than 20 years without deviation: coffee and cheese for breakfast, spaghetti or a sandwich for lunch, and an exact portion of beefsteak for dinner,” The decision reflected Sugai’s desire to eliminate superfluous excess — a philosophy echoed in the precise circles and straight lines of later works. (*) “Every day he would rise at 8.30 or 9am and have breakfast, before sitting, for an hour or an hour and a half, to watch the sky alone from a window. He would then eat lunch with his assistants, work for five hours in the afternoon, and dine alone. He was really quite an independent, unique character.”
I could see a really interesting Kumi Sugai x Gucci collab with him remixing the snake
I need to see more of his sculptures wowwww.
Anyways that’s all for now - sorry for the radio silence, I’m excited to post more on the blog again! Been traveling a bit, spending some time with family and working on music before school starts up again. Honestly it’s always hard to tear myself away and sometimes seems counter intuitive to productivity, but since I’ve been out here and taking a break from creating/experimenting I’ve been able to crystallize a much clearer vision for the brand, especially after meeting with my old mentor (Mike Bundlie!) for the first time in a few years. V excited to begin implementing new changes- going to be minimizing a lot of what’s available and releasing items in limited collections designed specifically for the current season. It’s been cool keeping things free flowing for a few years but I think limited collections will be a lot more fun. We’ll seeeee!!