Ushio Shinohara was a Japanese artist who is known for his contributions to the Neo-Dada Movement in the 1960's. Shinohara was born in 1932 in Tokyo to a poet father and painter mother who helped instill his love for art early on in his life. He studied oil painting at the Tokyo Art University (now known as the Tokyo University of the Arts but left before he could graduate.

Shinohara became involved with a group of Neo-Dada Organizers in 1960 and exhibited his work at the Yomiuri Independent Exhibition. When the Neo-Dada movement was in full swing, Shinohara was working on his famous "Boxing Paintings." 

To create his "boxing paintings," Shinohara dipped boxing gloves into paint or ink and proceeded to punch the paper or canvas. This would technique would create splatters of paint as seen above. Shinohara's boxing paintings were a form of action-painting where the art was in the movement and the force of it and not in how the end result looked.

In 1969, Shinohara would be awarded a grant from the John D. Rockefeller III Fund and move to New York. While living in New York, he saved money by scavenging for objects and materials to use in his art rather than buying expensive canvases. The sculptures he made using these found materials were referred to as "junk art" and fit into the Neo-Dada movement perfectly since on of the pillars of the movement was to use everyday found objects. 

Shinohara would revive his work with boxing paintings in the early 1990's and even turned the experience into performance art and invited other artists to join him for performances.

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