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Imura art gallery is pleased to announce an autumn exhibition featuring the work of nihonga painter Natsunosuke Mise and ceramic artist Yui Tsujimura.

Both artists were born in Nara and belong to the same generation. Employing different media--painting and pottery--they both incorporate the unpredictability of nature as a key element in their work.


Mise makes full use of nihonga materials in paintings that convey the nature of Japan through indistinct yet dynamic compositions, into which he incorporates his own memories and modern motifs in intricate detail. "As I create each work, I am keenly aware that it will eventually return to the earth," he explains. One of his techniques is to mix copper powder into the medium and cover the painting with soil to age it, giving the work a patina with luster and colors that resemble a potter's glaze.


In contrast, Yui Tsujimura's pottery always has a natural ash glaze, which is produced in the kiln through chemical reactions between ash and clay. The combination of the blue-green glassy glaze and the ash that attaches to the surface of the pottery produces a landscape that no hand could paint. Fresh from the kiln, his ceramics seem to be melting--like sculptures, they brim with life as if they were living creatures.


Mise describes his art as occupying a place somewhere between nature and humanity. Tsujimura feels that producing pottery is a matter of him creating its form, and then patiently waiting for the natural finish provided by the clay and the fire. The two artists may use different media, but their underlying approaches have much in common.


Mise's new works in this exhibition, which were shown in a solo exhibition at Ohara Museum of Art's Yurinso villa in October, are an homage to Edo Period landscape painter Uragami Gyokudo.


Taken together, the works of Natsunosuke Mise and Yui Tsujimura communicate their unceasing efforts to make nature an integral part of their art.

period: 2018.11.10 (Sat.) - 11.30 (Fri.) (Closed on Mondays, Sundays and National Holidays)
time: 12:00-18:00
venue: imura art gallery Kyoto

Opening Reception: 11.10 (Sat.) 16:00 - 18:00
Venue: imura art gallery | Kyoto
-Artists will be present at the opening reception.

More artist info: Natsunosuke Mise , Yui Tsujimura


Natsunosuke Mise × Yui Tsujimura exhibition
2018.11.10 (Sat.) - 11.30 (Fri.) (Closed on Mondays, Sundays and National Holidays)
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