>Wood and bamboo have had a place in Japanese art and history since the beginning; Japanese carpentry has a long tradition. Secular and religious buildings were made out of this material as well as items used in the household—normally dishes and boxes. Bamboo is a common material in Asia, and Noriyuki Saitoh bring a fresh and magnificent perspective for bamboo craft
Kawai Kanjirō (河井 寛次郎, 24 August 1890 – 18 November 1966) was a Japanese potter and a key figure in mingei(Japanese folk art) and studio pottery movements, he was known one of best mastery in stoneware pottery in his era. When you become so absorbed in your work that beauty flows naturally then your work truly becomes a work of art,” he wrote in an essay titled “We Do Not Work Alone.”
Bunraku, Japanese traditional puppet theatre in which half-lifesize dolls act out a chanted dramatic narrative, called jōruri, to the accompaniment of a small samisen (three-stringed Japanese lute).
Kazuo Ohno (大野 一雄? Ōno Kazuo, October 27, 1906 – June 1, 2010) was a Japanese dancer who became a guru and inspirational figure in the dance form known as Butoh.It was written of him that his very presence was an “artistic fact.”
Vincent Van Gogh While in Paris, Van Gogh was exposed to a myriad of artistic styles, including the Japanese woodblock print, or “ukiyo-e.” These prints were only made available in the West in the mid-nineteenth century. Van Gogh collected works by Japanese ukiyo-e masters like Hiroshige and Hokusai and claimed these works were as important […]
There is this Japanese artist named Chie Hitotsuyama who can transform used newspapers into completely stunning animal sculptures. If for most of us newspaper only serves reading passages, commercials and ads or job vacancies column, for Chie they mean a whole different purpose. Check out what she did to used newspaper. You like it everyone?
It’s nothing ordinary if Japanese are so tough and the nation is thought to be as much stronger than its buildings. Only almost six years after the country was struck by Tōhoku earthquake and the tsunami in 2011, Japan can completely rebuild itself. And for that, Manabu Ikeda, a pen & ink artist, just recently finished massive drawing called Rebirth […]
One of outstanding thread artist in Japan is Kintaro Ishikawa. He started to make the thread art in 1994. The main materials of thread are cotton and silk. The method of the thread art is to stick thread on an adhesive board. It takes a month to accomplish a work. He spends 6 hours to […]
Hidenori Mitsue is from Japan but now he lives in Netherlands. He paints beautiful, circular landscapes which allow viewers to feel the sensation of gazing into a tiny slice of a much bigger view.