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10 x 14.8 cm
3.94 x 6 in




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Sumi-ink, pencil, paper.

, Japan

Mizuho Koyama devoted herself for many years to the study of calligraphy under a teacher who placed a high value on traditional *sho. Subsequently, in the course of her exploration of her own expressions, she has eagerly read, listened to and paid close attention to a variety of things including poems and stories in order to absorb them, a practice that has eventually enabled her to make three innovations. Her first innovation has been to make use of poetry in English and other types of alphanumeric writing that people all over the world can read. Secondly, she has incorporated factors taken from the free graffiti that grew up on the streets of New York, which can be regarded as the extreme opposite from traditional *sho with its rigid rules of character expression. Thirdly, she has ingeniously harmonized on paper the classics and techniques of *sho that she has learned with the two innovations above to establish her original style of expression. At the core of these three successful innovations is her grand wish to create works that touch the conscience and aesthetic sense shared by people around the world deep in their hearts beyond the borders of nationality, religion and the era—a wish that she expresses in simple black and white.

*Sho is Japanese calligraphy in Japanese.

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Tokyo, 3-1 Hayabusacho, Chiyoda-ku

Gallery KITAI was founded 1998 in Tokyo, and is dealing Japanese contemporary Sumi (Japanese ink) art as “Sumi_ism” and also the other Japanese contemporary arts as a gallerist. The background of our artworks are based on Japanese art history basically and their representations are very contemporary. We hope that our artworks will be accepted for all th...

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