Japanese Masters in Printmaking
A unique exhibition featuring four different Japanese printmakers who are rising stars in Japan. Ando Shinji’s multi-plate botanical etchings merge the best of Eastern and Western sensibilities. Seeds, fruit and flowers are rendered with masterful while his compositions make beautiful use of the negative space. Takahiko Hayashi’s etchings are composed out of hundreds of detailed lines creating masterfully bold abstractions, often with vibrant color. His work resembles abstract landscapes, and the titles often refer to the movements of the wind, but his pieces also reflect his interest in philosophy such as the writing of Lao-Tse. Arie Furumoto’s abstract etchings are full of vibrant color and movement. These images look so more like paintings and which she achieves by combining the flat color fields of aquatints with the soft textures of softground. Lastly, Ikuta Koji’s black and white mezzotints make full use of this medium where lights are burnished out of a pitted plate. In his realistic images, owls, flowers and the moon emerge out of the darkness of the night. This is an exemplary show where the artist’s medium supports and elevates his or her subject matter.