Sunday, July 12, 2009

more from "Line and Spirit"

Whilst preparing our recent post on Yves Leterme, he brought to our attention the great calligraphic work of Japanese calligraphers also exhibiting as part of “Line and Spirit' – and now we are thrilled to share with you some of the work that so impressed Yves (and others who have had the opportunity to catch “Line and Spirit” at BankART Studio NYK in Yokohama, Japan)

In her introduction to 'Line and Spirit”, J-LAF (Japan Letter Arts Forum) president Minako Sando wrote:

“Visitors to “Japan・Belgium Letter Arts Exhibition” will be introduced to a wide variety of letter expressions that exist in the range of letter arts from Belgium and Japan. This is the first exhibition to be held in Japan that exhibits works from genres considered as different but which share the same axis of letter arts... It is our great pleasure to have visitors enjoy the works by artists of Japan and Belgium exhibited together.”

(you can read the full introduction at the J-LAF website, which is in both English and Japanese)

I'm sure a cursory glance at the following works by Japanese calligraphers will confirm the diversity and excellence of the show....

(click on pics for a larger view)

Emiko Hashiguchi
“The Nightingale and the Rose”
(Book, 16 pages) 29 × 27 cm
Zerkall ,stick ink, gouache, gold paint

Yukimi Sasago Annand
“A Fool’s Life, Rain ・ She ・ Moon”
(Book, 22 pages) 33.2 × 13.6 × 1.3 cm
Sumi, watercolor, acrylic on Arches Text Wove and Hahnemühle Ingres Antique Paper

Akira Ouchi
14 × 18 cm
Acrylic, Oil, liquid iron on canvas

Sayaka Yoneya
“Woods Without Words”
66 × 35.5 ×55.5 cm
Cotman, acrylic, wood, newspaper

Yukie Hoshi
“my memories dissolve in the air”
59.4 × 84.1 cm
Mixed media, Kouzo paper

Noriko Okamoto
“Stone of Sisyphus”
49.5 × 57 cm
Color Ink, watercolor, gouache, Arches

If these examples have whet your appetite - a marvelous gallery of pics from the exhibition can be viewed at the following dedicated picasa album.

“Line and Spirit” will continue until 14th July at
BankART Studio NYK
3 - 9 Kaigan-dori, Bashamachi, Yokohama, Japan.

(calligraffia would like to thank Minako Sando and Hiroko Shimizu for their assistance and to all the Japanese calligraphers featured for kindly allowing us to reproduce their works)

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