We are pleased to introduce a joint exhibition of works by Yoshikawa Tamihito, a painter, and Yoshikawa Kaori, a doll artist, entitled “On climbing a mountain road.” The paintings, in oil, with their blight colors and rhythmical, lively strokes impart a certain type of comfortable impact, while the “clay animals” (small colored clay dolls) capture endearing gestures or humorous poses of various animals. In private life, the Yoshikawa’s are husband and wife, and this exhibition is their first to be held jointly.
Drawing inspiration from each other’s works has given them a collaborative sense. The animals seem to play in the colors of the paintings or the paintings seem to appear from the world where the animals live, as if they are having a two-way dialogue. The title, “On climbing a mountain road”, is an excerpt from the opening of Natsume Soseki’s “Kusa-Makura.” The Yoshikawa’s liken the creation of art works to climbing a mountain road single-mindedly.
Included among the 30 latest works are Tamihito’s large paintings and steel-wire objects, and Kaori’s animals of clay incorporating colored glass and glass accessories. Please enjoy this “duet” that comes from the overlapping of two worlds, and which completely fits this season of spring.