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Hiroshi Senju (b. 1958)\, one of Japan’s most celebrated con temporary artists\, will present new fluorescent waterfall paintings in the exhibition Day Falls/Night Falls at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Hong Kong.

Noted worldwide for his sublime waterfall and cliff im ages\, often monumental in scale\, Hiroshi Senju combines a minimalist visu al language rooted in Abstract Expressionism with ancient painting techniqu es unique to Japan.

In his most recent paintings\, the New Yor k-based artist uses fluorescent pigments to create waterfall images\, a sty le he first explored in 2007. These paintings are black and white in daylig ht\, yet under ultraviolet light they fluoresce an arresting electric blue. An ode to the ubiquitous city lights of our contemporary existence\, Senju ’s waterfalls hover between night and day as he successfully straddles the realms of industry and nature\, the material and the ethereal.

Widely recognized as one of the few contemporary masters of the thousand-y ear-old Nihonga style of painting\, Senju seamlessly combines tradit ional Japanese techniques and materials with a modernist visual vocabulary. He uses mineral pigments made from ground stone\, shell and corals and ani mal-hide glue binders. With incredible delicacy\, he pours translucent pain t onto mulberry paper mounted on board\, creating the sensation of unrestra ined movement. Evoking a deep sense of calm\, his waterfalls conjure not ju st the appearance of rushing water\, but also its sound\, smell and feel. T he artist began exploring the waterfall image in the early 1990s and has co ntinued to perfect it since then. He first used fluorescent pigments by cha nce in 2007 and was struck by the beauty of the paint’s intense blue color when viewed under ultraviolet light. This current exhibition marks a return to the dramatic fluorescent medium.

Hiroshi Senju was the fir st Asian artist to receive an Honorable Mention Award at the Venice Biennal e (1995) and has participated in exhibitions around the world\, including t he Beauty Project at the London Museum of Contemporary Art in 1996\;  The New Way of Tea\, curated by Alexandra Munroe\, at the Japan Soc iety and Asia Society in New York in 2002\; and Paintings on Fusuma\ , at the Tokyo National Museum in 2007. Also in 2003\, Mr. Senju completed seventy-seven murals at the Annex of Daitokuji-Jyukoin\, a prominent Zen Bu ddhist temple in Japan. In 2004\, he was the art director for the new Haned a Airport Terminal in Tokyo\, where he completed one of his largest install ations. The Benesse Art Site of Naoshima Island\, designed by Tadao Ando\, also houses two large-scale installations. His most recent public installat ion is a waterfall in the OUB Centre in Singapore.

Hiroshi Sen ju’s work is in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles\; The Museum of Modern Art\, Toyama\, Japan\; Yamatane Museum of Art in Tokyo\; The Toky o National University of Fine Arts and Music\; and the Kushiro Art Museum\, Hokkaido\, Japan. The Hiroshi Senju Museum\, designed by Ryue Nishizawa\, opened in October 2011 in Karuizawa\, Japan. 

Sundaram Tagore Gallery\, established in 2000\, is devoted to examining the exchange of ide as between Western and non-Western cultures. With spaces in Hong Kong\, Sin gapore and New York City (in Chelsea and on Madison Avenue)\, the gallery w as the first to focus exclusively on the rise of globalization in contempor ary art. The gallery represents painters\, photographers\, sculptors and in stallation artists from around the world.

DTEND:20130609 DTSTAMP:20140823T172836 DTSTART:20130416 GEO:22.283022;114.152886 LOCATION:Sundaram Tagore Gallery - Hong Kong\,57-59 Hollywood Road \nHong K ong\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Day Falls/Night Falls\, Hiroshi Senju UID:268130 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130416T203000 DTSTAMP:20140823T172836 DTSTART:20130416T183000 GEO:22.283022;114.152886 LOCATION:Sundaram Tagore Gallery - Hong Kong\,57-59 Hollywood Road \nHong K ong\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Day Falls/Night Falls\, Hiroshi Senju UID:268131 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR