Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Illustrated is a colorful oil painting by Oni-Shino pioneer, Tsukigata Nahiko. I thought it would make an excellent counterpoint to his ceramic works and show the diversity of an artist, many considered the "Picasso of Japan". The canvas is a particularly vibrant work with a festive array of color and broad strokes. This work is only a medium size oil for Tsukigata and though I am unsure of the exact date, I believe it was painted between 1985 and 1989 and one can certainly see the influences of Van Gogh and Umeharu Ryosaburo in his work.