Friday, January 22, 2010

"Toda Chiharu Art at Okuno Building"

I met the artist who created this picture (below - from the promotional postcard for the artist's exhibition in the Okuno Building) and we talked a little about "Nihonga" pictures like this one. The word can be translated as "Japanese painting", but the way I've been hearing it used when using it with artists is to identify the material - which is based on natural elements, like crushed rocks, shells, etc. The effect is nice in that you don't get any slick reflections, so the surface looks more... real... than oil or acrylic paints. (Of course you can't exactly see that effect in a reproduction printed with standard inks, but still...)


And that's basically it. Now that I've started this blog, I'll try to get direct comments from artists that I can quote (with their permission).

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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