Posts Tagged ‘kyoto’

Artist of the moment……..Tomie Ohtake

 

Tomie Ohtake was an outstanding Japanese/ Brazilian painter renown for her abstract style. Ohtake was a painter, printmaker, and sculptor.

Tomie Ohtake was born in Kyoto, Japan in the year 1913. When she was in her early twenties she went to visit a brother who was living in Brazil. During her visit World War 2 began, she was unable to leave Brazil, and she never returned to Japan settling permanently in Brazil.

Below a short montage of works by Tomie Ohtake that shows many of her public works:

In this clip we view a series of glass mosaic tiles designed by Tomie Ohtake that are on permanent display at a subway station in Sao Paulo, Brazil:

Ohtake represented Brazil on multiple occasions at the Venice and Sao Paulo Biennials.

The artist had a son who went on to become a world renown architect renown for innovative styles named Ruy Ohtake.

Tomie Ohtake passed away on February 12 of 2015 at the age of 101 years old.

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With her use of such innovative shapes the artist was at the fore front of contemporary art in Brazil paving the way for such artists as Beatrice Milhazes.

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Artist of the moment…….Maruyama Okyo

 

 

Maruyama Okyo was a highly renown Japanese realist painter. Maruyama Okyo was born in 1733 in Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan. His birth name was Maruyama Masataka. The artist was born into a family of farmers.

As a teenager he moved to the big city of Kyoto and found work at a toy shop. This is where he became introduced to Western art as the toy shop sold what was then a leading edge piece of technology, the stereoscope. This machine allowed artists to produce great works in three dimensions with great perspective.

He pursued art as a profession and studied former master painters and prints. He also came under the tutelage of Ishidi Yutei.

The artist used his own mix of Western and Eastern painting philosophies and started his own school named the Maruyama School of Painting that was based in Kyoto, Japan.

Okyo was also among the first artist to paint the nude from life. This style of art was seen as pornographic by most of the population.

Maruyama Okyo passed away in 1795. Over his lengthy career the artist completed man commissions for members of government and the royal family.

Price range information: Works range from $100,000 to $1 million dollars.

In this clip we view many works by Okyo from a show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The part of the clip containing his artwork begins at 3:25 of the segment:

Many fellow artists were critical of Okyo’s style, they felt it was too dedicated to realism with no sense of artistic license.

I enjoy the artist highly detailed watercolors, especially the landscapes. Okyo had a great sense of design and made wonderful use of the negative space in his paintings.

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