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The works of the Japanese artist Kazutoshi Sugiura are unique in the history of the artistic tradition of Japan. His pictures are gems of noble beauty and treasure, which is shown by the gold grounded dreamlike floridity.
First Publication: June 2007
Latest Update: May 2013
Kazutoshi Sugiura was born in 1938 as a child of war, growing up during the reconstruction phase of Japan after World War II. Sugiura was not interested in the subsequent industrial boom and as a young man chose instead to study art at the public College for Art in Kyoto, where he graduated in 1963.
He already had such a masterful command of printing techniques that the International Graphic Art Society in New York ordered a set of silk screen prints from him.
Kazutoshi had studied classical Japanese painting intensely since 1967. Five years long he engaged himself in material in the Kyoto National Museum of Antiquities, the national museum of art history in Kyoto and there in 1968 he began a 4 year restoration study program focusing on gold grounding and gold framing.
Kazutoshi Sugiura developed his own style, different from the traditional prints and gold grounded painting. He set his silk screen prints on a ground of gold, conveying a certain archaic and extreme idea of their high worth. What is astonishing is that Sugiura achieved overwhelming success at exhibitions after getting his degree with just a single traditional motif: flowers.
There are grand peonies, roses, camellia, chrysanthemum, lilies, irises, cosmos and other flowers, set in every possible color nuances and gold grounded. They are made in the finest detail. The precision is probably archaic. However, the simplicity of the composition, compared to the perfection of the finish and above all the poetry of the impact, make these pictures based on tradition appear contemporary.
The works of Kazutoshi Sugiura and his mixed technique consist of three phases. First the artist applies the sheet of gold on the hand made paper. On top of that he sets his motif in silk screen press. With a stretched strongly woven silk towel he presses on it an abraded texture with lithography-colors. Finally he patinates the gold ground with a misty color in purple, blue or green, whichever lets the gold shimmer like a gem.
The prints of Kazutoshi Sugiura are found in several private collections as well as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the British Museum.
9 sold object(s) by Kazutoshi Sugiura born 1938 in our Art Archive
Author: Dieter Wanczura
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