|A Far Eastern Perspective
Recent Lithographs by Susumu Endo of Japan
Untitled © 1999 Cyprian Li
Exhibit at The Williams Gallery
8 Chambers Street, Princeton NJ
Baggage III © 1999 Yoshikatsu Tamekane
Susumu Endo has been called mysterious, a conjurer, a magician. His photographic images seem not of this world, but employ a skill and beauty that challenge our sense of reality. Born in Kofu, Japan, he received his education at Kuwasawa Design School. After years of use of manual photographic techniques, in 1982 Endo began allowing a computer system to aid in the technically complex task of creating his photographic works. While exploring a new relationship with digital mediums, the fundamental attitude to the creation of his work has remained relatively unchanged.
"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." (from "Designers on Mac",pub.1992)
Mr. Endo has won numerous awards throughout the world including the USA, Japan, India, Ukraine, Spain, Bulgaria, Poland and Norway. His work graces many corporate and museum collections such as The British Museum, London, Sao Paulo Art Museum, Brazil, (3) National Museums in Poland, Ibiza Contemporary Art Museum, Spain and Bhart Bhavan Roopankar Art Museum, India. See more artwork in our Susumu Endo portfolio.
Yoshikatsu Tamekane is known for the addition of rich textural qualities to his woodblock images. This he achieves through the use of the woodblock/collagraph (an intaglio printing method from a block to which pieces of cardboard or other material are applied). Theraised surfaces are inked and printed. The artist often incorporates gold and silver leaf, as well as more muted coloring, to create dynamic images of depth and mystery. The wood blocks of Tamekane explore a variety of themes, including Time and Space. He explains:
Born in 1959, Mr. Tamekane studied at Sokei Academy of Fine Arts. He is a member of the Japan Print Association and has shown 7 consecutive years in the prestigious CWAJ Print Show.
His art is in the collection of Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Osaka Contemporary Art Center; Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia; The Williams Collection, Princeton, NJ. Janssen Pharmaceutica, NJ, Glenview Academy, NJ, and numerous private and corporate collections both here and abroad.
Cyprian Li, born and educated in Hong Kong, has worked for many years as a science teacher. Interested in art since he was a youth, he has attended numerous extramural university courses in painting, printmaking and sculpture. For the past several years he has spent much of his time experimenting with electronic music and abstract images with the help of a computer.
Lis scientific sense of experimentation combined with his artistic skill are readily visible in the bold organic images he has produced. Lines, shapes and colors interplay to form rhythmic interpretative abstractions.
In creating his work Mr. Li notes:
Lis digital paintings may be seen in private and corporate collections in Hong Kong. The works selected for the current show are the first to be shown in the United States.
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