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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Land and Sky - 2 Artist/2 Perspectives

    Location: Windsor, ON

    PAINTING WORKSHOP AT SHO ART STUDIOS APRIL 3rd 4th and 5th 2020..
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  • Confluent Dreams

    Location: North Battleford, SK

    An afternoon exhibition, cranky theatre and musical performance all taking place at..
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  • Love At First Sight

    Location: Regina, SK

    Love At First Sight / Regina Art Collective members: Dave Gedjos / DeLee Grant..
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  • In Other Words

    Location: Regina, SK

    In Other Words / Regina Art Collective members: Nikki Jacquin / Derek Olson / Mark..
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  • Alee & Ayla: Approaches to Portraiture

    Location: Regina, SK

    H.J. Linnen; Patron of the Regina Art Collective will be exhibiting works from his..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Black & White Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Black & White online art..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020 Venice | April 09 – May..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY 2020

    Location: London,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY – MIXING CULTURES ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition THE..
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  • Call for Proposals: 2020 The WALL Artist

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver Heritage Foundation is now accepting proposals from independent artists and curators for..
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  • 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Appreciation of the Arts

    Location: London, ON

    Three day art and music event to recognize local artists in London, Ontario...
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  • Call to Artists - 2020 Sooke Fine Arts Show

    Location: Sooke, BC

    Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to the 2020 Sooke Fine..
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  • INK by Shawn Zheng

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Shu Cheng (Shawn) Zheng features his distinctive style of making marks in Chinese..
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  • North Shore Art Crawl

    Location: North Shore, BC

    The North Shore Art Crawl is a free community arts event March 7+8,..
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  • New Craft Coalition: Call to Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    New Craft Coalition invites applications from all mid-career and professional artists to be..
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  • TRAVEL EXHIBITION

    Location: Toronto, ON

    John Mantha will be participating in a group show at Twist Gallery in..
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  • David Tycho: Urbania

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Guest artist David Tycho will exhibit 10 paintings from his latest series. This series..
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  • ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) 2020

    Location: Brussels,

    ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) is back on October 15-18, 2020 for its 14th..
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  • Clarkson Society of Artists 2020 Show & Sale

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    The Clarkson Society of Artists invites you to attend their annual show &..
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  • Call for Artists: Urban Matrix

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is inviting artists to take part in an upcoming group..
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  • 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
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  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Colors Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Colors online art competition. For this..
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  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
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  • Jane Selbie and Joseph Farrugia

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. February..
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  • “Grey” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline February 28, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Grey surrounds us, sometimes in surprising ways. In beach pebbles, a..
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  • on thin ice Polar Bear Art Exhibit

    Location: Toronto, ON

    On thin ice is a solo exhibit of polar bear portrait paintings by..
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  • Support the Worldwide Art Community | Participate in 6x6x2020

    Location: Rochester, ON

    Hello Artists in Canada, We want YOU to participate in 6x6x2020! Let your creative..
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  • Olivier Du Tre: New Works

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    January 7 to February 29, 2020 At HUB@302 302-1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary, AB..
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  • WAAH 124th Juried Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    Who:  The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton (WAAH) at the Art Gallery of..
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  • The Indian Contemporary Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY, ON

    The Indian Contemporary Art Competition (ICAC) aims to discover and promote talented artists..
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  • The Loft On King Street

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Loft On King Street is one of the most unique private event..
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Hiroshi Sugimoto

By Robert Amos October 1, 2004

} Hiroshi Sugimoto By Robert Amos Hiroshi Sugimoto is an artist of considerable talent. In Japan he has made a career as a painter of murals and ceilings in temples, creating works of powerful effect on a monumental scale. With the assistance of the Japanese government, and at considerable personal expense, he has bought a large exhibition of his portable paintings, especially for a show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss Street, 384-4101, until November 21). Hiroshi Sugimoto, ink and metal powders on Japanese paper. Why Victoria, when numerous American and Italian galleries are courting him? Because Victoria’s interest in Japanese art is well known, even in Japan. And because our Gallery’s openness, responsiveness and sincerity had impressed Sugimoto on the previous visits he made to Victoria for reconnaissance and negotiation. Sugimoto was born in 1951 and lives on the edge of Tokyo. After graduating from university in Tokyo, he came to realize that no one was training to create new work for the temples. He then began his apprenticeship in the studio of famed artist Kato Toichi,. Since becoming a master in his own right, Sugimoto has created sets of four-part sliding doors, backdrops for Noh theatres and multipanelled ceiling paintings on wood. Such paintings are expected to last for centuries and must harmonize with the treasures already in place. It’s exacting work and must meet - or exceed - extraordinary artistic standards. To judge by the work he has brought to Canada, Sugimoto is more than capable. This Victoria show fills two rooms with huge works on paper, golden folding screens and exquisite little fan paintings. The subject matter reflects his love for ancient architecture and includes scenes from Japan (the Byodo-in), China (Suzhou), Cambodia (Angkor Wat), Myanmar (Pagan) - and Italian hill towns! Surrounding one in the gallery, the tones of his work are warm with a tender glow. Sugimoto’s unique technique was a mystery to me until the artist led me on a tour of the show. Typically he begins with heavy Japanese paper - Echizen washi, to be precise. When even the largest sheet is not enough he pastes several together. Next, he may build up the design using cut-out shapes of other papers, chosen for their various natural tones of cream and buff. Sometimes he dyes these papers with ink to achieve subtle greys, and in places he has pasted down passages of block-printed papers. Here and there the drawing is underlaid with gold and silver foil. On this variegated ground he then deploys his talent with ink and brush., The artist is a master of design using light and shadow - chiaroscuro. His brushwork is perfectly capable of crisp obsessively detaily rendering, showing every stone and roof tile. He then leads us into the suggestive realms of a softer rendering as his images fade to mist and mystery. Sugimoto seems to take particular pleasure in depicting weathered wood and stone, or the crumbling stucco of an ancient wall. Beyond the ink and papers, Sugimoto shows his mastery of metallic foil and powders. Red gold, yellow gold, green gold, silver and bronze are all discretely worked into the imagery. Never garish, the metals impart an aged appearance appropriate to his subject and mood. These components are often sublimated beneath a tissue of superfine, almost transparent paper pasted over the entire image surface. Sugimoto is a master of paper pasting - in fact, he brought much of this show rolled into a bundle under his arm. He then stretched the large paintings in the gallery. Considering the richly coloured effect, it may be a surprise to realize that Sugimoto’s large works are not painted but are drawn entirely with black ink. In Japan his pictures are typically displayed in much lower light levels. To best appreciate the reflected effect of the metallic components I often found myself on my knees. Prolonged study of this artist’s work is time well spent. Sugimoto’s generosity goes on. Accompanying him on this trip is Mr. Nakasho Noubo, a leading Noh theatre actor, who presented two days of workshops and performance for a rapt Victoria audience. Culture is not just about looking at pictures. Numerous masks and Noh theatre costumes, some of which belong to the Gallery’s collection, were brought to life by Nakasho in an unforgettable demonstration. Visit Hiroshi Sugimoto's website -------------------------------------------------------- My sincere thanks for this unique initiative must go to the artists, the Gallery, the Japanese government and Victoria’s Michiko Warkentyne whose able translation made my understanding of this event possible. ___________________________________________ Copyright © 2004Robert Amos Robert Amos is an artist and art writer who lives in Victoria, B.C.. He can be contacted by e-mail and you can view his paintings at www.robertamos.com