We are thrilled to announce an extraordinary exhibition of international limited edition prints by master printmakers from three countries. Work by these artists may be seen on an ongoing basis at The Williams Gallery of Fine Art in Princeton, New Jersey, as well as Williams Gallery West in Oakhurst, California
TRAVELS TO DISTANT LOCATIONS: THE ART AND ARTISTS OF AUSTRALIA, THE NETHERLANDS AND JAPAN
Susumu Endo, Katsunori Hamanishi, Rolf Weijburg, Jörg Schmeisser and Yoshikatsu Tamekane are among the artists whose works are on view.
Serifos, Greece © 2002 Rolf Weijburg
When: September 26 – Oct 31, 2003
Art & Frame
Division-Work #97 © 2000
A presentation of abstract and representational art documenting artists’ travels in distant locations. Rich cultures and vibrant histories are depicted making out of the way places more familiar to us. These vivid images are as enticing as the blue seas, majestic temples, and exotic environments that are characteristic of places such as Angkor, Cambodia; Nara, Japan; and remote Atlantic Islands as well as major cities around the world. Susumu Endo, Katsunori Hamanishi, Rolf Weijburg, Jörg Schmeisser and Yoshikatsu Tamekane are among the artists whose works are on view.
Included in the exhibit are a series of new etchings by Dutch artist Rolf Weijburg from his "Home " series depicting cities around the world, including Manhattan, New York; Bangkok, Thailand; Serifos, Greece and Prague, Czechoslovakia.
On maps each of these cities are mere points and dots that represent real places with an incredible diversity of constructions and environments called "Home" by the residents. In Weijburg’s vivid etchings the Dutch artist captures the flavor and feeling of each location. For example, the etching "Home: Manhattan" created in year 2000 portrays just that. Manhattan is home to so many and Weijburg, visiting from the Netherlands, considered it a ‘home’ to return to and record. He delicately infuses the crispness of a fall day, numerous architectural details and even a refrain from the song "New York, New York" into his striking rendition of the New York City Skyline.
About The Artists
Rolf Weijburg was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in 1952. Originally studying social geography and cartography at the University of Utrecht, he switched to the Academy of Fine Arts in the same town and concentrated on printmaking and the graphic arts. He has followed the tradition of many Dutch artists since the 17th century who traveled abroad, usually to the southern regions of Europe. After extensive travels through Southern and Eastern Europe, his travels have now extended around the world. He says of his "Home" series:
"It’s about the feeling (almost of voyeurism) one gets when traveling through all these places, among all the houses where people live their lives, where people are "Home" while I’m just passing through - a stranger who briefly shares their "Home".
Susumu Endohas been called mysterious, a conjurer, a magician. His photo-lithographic images seem not of this world, but employ a skill and beauty that challenge our sense of reality. After years of using manual photographic techniques, in 1982 Endo began employing a computer system to aid in the technically complex task of enhancing his work. Endo says,
"My basic concept of design is `space and space.' I feel there are different levels of consciousness that we can have of space, all coexisting. This is the concept that drives all the work I create. My main theme is the relationship of two different dimensions in space: the real and the imaginary. I feel a strong image can give us entrance to the other, unseen world." "Designers on Mac", pub. 1992
Katsunori Hamanishi's mezzotints, like the surrealistic paintings of Dali and Magritte, juxtapose nature and abstraction. In "Division - Work No. 75," for example, bold green abstract shapes marked by thin curved lines bump up against fields of rice and grain. Hamanishi's prints are noted for their delicate details and velvety blacks – a result of his mastery of the mezzotint process. Born in Hokkaido, studied at Tokai University, Tokyo and now living in Kanagawa. his images have been described as the "…modern urban metaphor for bonsai". (Art critic, Jacquline Menzies)Jörg Schmeisser, born in Stolp, Pomerania in 1942, attended art school in Hamburg, Germany, and took his post-graduate work at the Fine Arts University of Kyoto, Japan. His etchings, often done ‘in situ’, display a reverence for the forms and intricacies of nature and culture married to an unrivaled technical prowess. Many of the images demonstrate the artist’s fascination with landscape and architecture, while others portray with great accuracy objects observed in nature. Schmeisser quotes:
"When you set out for Ithaka ask that your way be long, full of adventure, full of instruction"
Yoshikatsu Tamekane, was born in 1959 and studied at Sokei Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo. He is a member of the Japan Print Association and has shown seven consecutive years in the prestigious CWAJ Print Show. He is known for his combination of technical prowess with a mystical aesthetic and vision. He frequently adds rich textural qualities, such as silver and gold leaf, to his woodblock images. He says:
"I savor the past and also look forward to the next century as a time of hope and advancement for the human spirit".
Mary Lou Bock, September 2003
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