Art Front Gallery presents new works of Takako Azami.
Azami is one of the most attractive artists of Japan today.
Born in a family of silk business in Chichibu area, she was grown up and still lives in a traditional Japanese house with garden. Well-kept trees of pine, persimmon, or pepper all serve as motifs in her paintings, to be sketched over and over again until the artist grasps the inner structure of the trees.
Her pictorial method is unique. She paints from the reverse of the plane, her first brushstrokes appearing on its top and Azami overlays each spot creating the foliage of organic form of tree. Approaching the figurative picture plane, the viewer discerns a field of different stains, seeing the interplay of a variety of brush strokes creating a complex space.
The work of Azami is both traditional and contemporary, going far beyond the borders of artistic genres. Ink-wash painting, originally born of China, has searched for monochrome representation of light or three-dimensional illusion, The painters were aware of the distance between the artwork and the viewers, trying to depict the space through the motifs, which is the very method of Azami synchronizing the history itself of East Asian painting. Today where the Asian artists have attracted much more attention than before, her distinctive way going and back between figure and abstract are so appealing to wider audience. Recently she entered into the private collection in European countries and is awaiting for wider experience. A new series will be on view in this exhibit starting on April 7 through 30. We hope to witness her new challenge of ink and colors.