Posts Tagged ‘japan’

Artist of the moment……….Minoru Niizuma

 

 

Minoru Niizuma was a sculptor renown for his abstract works made of marble. Niizuma often works mixes geometric shapes and organic shapes in his art.

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Minoru Niizuma was born in Tokyo, Japan the year 1930. The artist attended college in Tokyo at the National Academy of Fine Arts.

The artist was also a great teacher and he taught at Columbia University and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Although he is renown for his marble works Niizuma also worked with granite and volcanic rock.

Minoru Niizuma passed away in 1998.

Niizuma is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art of Tokyo, Japan and the Guggenheim of New York City.

The artist was a wonderful designer. Niizuma had a great knack for mixing organic and geometric shapes to produce some very unique sculptures.

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Artist of the moment……..Noriko Ambe

 

 

Noriko Ambe is a contemporary artist who has a unique style working with cut paper. Noriko Ambe was born in Saitama, Japan in the year 1967.

Ambe attended college in Tokyo, Japan at the Musashino Art University. The artist also studied for brief period of time in Italy and New York City and Vermont.

The artist had her first solo exhibition in 1992.

Below a link to the website of artist Noriko Ambe:

http://www.norikoambe.com/

Below in this fantastic clip we listen to the artist talk about her work:

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The artist is now based out of New York City.

Ambe works with many layers of paper and often uses books and magazines to cut her amazing works of art.

I enjoy the depth and very unique sculptural shapes Ambe is generates in her very unique paper works.

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Artist of the moment……..Noriko Yamamoto

 

Noriko Yamamoto is a Japanese artist renown for her abstract art born in the year 1929. As a child she was taught the fine art of calligraphy by her father. Yamamoto’s family moved to Tokyo, Japan when she was a young child.

Her family lived in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1935 to 1941 before moving back to Tokyo, Japan in 1941.

In the 1950s the artist would relocate to the United States where she attended the California College of Arts and Crafts located in Oakland, California. An important mentor for the artist was the painter Richard Diebenkorn.

Yamamoto earned both a bachelors of fine art and masters of fine arts degree.

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The artist works in acrylics, watercolors, oils, sculpture, and collage.

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Artist of the moment………….Katsuyuki Nishijima

 

Katsuyuki Nishijima is a fantastic artist working with the Japanese woodblock print. Katsuyuki Nishijima was born Yamaguchi, Prefecture in the year 1945.

His favorite subject is the umbrella. The artist also enjoys exploring different patterns and textures of shapes that repeat like the tiles of a roof or the wood grain of an old store sign. Another favorite subject is the shape and patterns of tree leaves and the shadows they create that fall on the ground.

Nishijima began working in the sosaku-hanga style in 1972.

The artist doesn’t include the figure in his artwork.

Price range information: Most prints are available for one thousand dollars or less. The artist is highly collected and works in large, but not open print editions.

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Artist of the moment……….Hajime Namiki

 

Hajime Namiki is a Japanese woodblock master renown for his prints of trees. Hajime Namiki was born Tokyo, Japan in the year 1947.

Namiki studied with another master woodblock artist named Shigeru Ogura.Although he is associated with prints, Namiki began his art career as a sculptor. Ogura was a highly regarded sculptor Namiki began studying with him in 1965. The artist began to work with prints in the 1970s.

Namiki works often with oil pigments on paper. In addition he often uses gold and silver leaf in his work.

The paper he uses is Torinoko Paper.

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Trees are a wonderful subject because they have very interesting texture in the bark. The artist can also use the shapes of the leaves and negative space between branches in addition to color to make trees a wonderful subject to use for expression.

Some other fantastic artists who are renown for their work with trees include Scott Duce, Richard Schmid, Albert Handell, and Lynn Boggess. Natasha Wescoat, and Peter Hoffer.

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Artist of the moment……….Koshiro Onchi

 

Koshiro Onchi was is sometimes called the father of the sosaku hanga movement. Onchi was renown for his rather abstract style.

Koshiro Onchi was born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1895. His family were aristocrats and Onchi received excellent education.

The artist attended Tokyo School of Fine Arts where he studied painting and sculpture.

Onchi was both a painter and photographer. He also worked in a realist style in addition to his abstract style.

Below we visit a show featuring the work of Koshiro Onchi that took place recently at the Art Institute of Chicago:

Onchi passed away in 1955.

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Over his career, Koshiro Onchi designed more than 1,000 books.

Of his works I prefer the abstracts. These have a great sense of movement and variety of color. The design is simple but beautiful.

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Artist of the moment………Kawase Hasui

Kawase Hasui was a fantastic Japanese woodblock artist renown for his images of the landscape. Hasui also painted the figure.

Hasui studied privately with master artist Kiyokata Kaburagi at his studio.

Kawase Hasui was born in 1883 and was part of Shin Hanga movement. He spent some time as an illustrator.

In 1923 a very large earthquake ruined much of his artwork.

In this clip we view a montage of works by Kawase Hasui:

Kawase Hasui passed away in 1953.

Price range information: Prints range from $1,000 to $10,000. The artist worked in watercolor and also painted originals in oils.

What I enjoy most about the work of this master printmaker is the locations of his work. For instance its great to see the imagery by French/ American artist Antoine Blanchard and the work of his daughters. Many times they painted the same location. Its true also of the American Hudson River artists.

Hasui painted a few famous locales, but for the most part he stuck to painting the more rural and quieter scenes of Japan that might be surpassed by the average tourist. Hasui offers us a great idea of day to day life in Japan.

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Artist of the moment……..Kenzo Okada

 

 

Kenzo Okada was a Japanese printmaker born in Yokohama, Japan in the year 1902. Okada attended college in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. After two years of study Okada moved to Paris, France.

The artist is given credit as the first Japanese artist to be an highly sought after abstract expressionist.

Okada moved back to Japan in the late 1920s. When 1950 came Okada decided to move to New York City.

The artist was friends with many color field and abstract expressionist painters. One great friend was artist Mark Rothko.

Kenzo Okada passed away in 1982 at the age of 79 years old.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a print to $50,000 for an original work.

Much of the work of Okada reminds me of landscape paintings.

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Artist of the moment………..Konen Uehara

 

Konen Uehara was a Japanese wood block print artist renown or his fantastic landscapes. Konen Uehara was born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1878. Uehara attended the Japan Fine Arts Academy.

Uehara enjoyed mixing in western painting ideas in his work.

The artist was named to a position in government titled the secretary of the National Painting Cultivation Society. Whilst in this post he emphasized a Modernist approach to painting.

The artist was also employed by the Imperial Family. He also did some collaborations with publisher Watanabe Shozaburo.

Konen Uehara passed away in 1940.

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It enjoy the wonderful greys used by the artist in his skies.

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Artist of the moment……Tadasky

 

 

Tadasky, also known as Tadasuke Kawayama is a fantastic Japanese artist renown for his paintings using the circle and a great use of color. His works are a blend of Op- Art and color field painting.

Tadasky was born in Nagoya, Japan in the year 1935.

In this very brief clip a view of the studio of the artist. Its a great to see the very large size of many of Tadasky’s work:

The artist paints with oils and acrylics.

price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $70,000.

Some influence on Tadasky include Josef Albers and the Bauhaus School.

What a great use of the circle! Another artist who works with circles is Amelia Caruso. Her work is not Op-Art based, but her freehand drawing and painting of circles and patterns of circles led her to receive some great commercial design contracts.

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