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
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
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.