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  • HUB @ 302

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all juried members, associate and non-members to..
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  • Open Call for 2020 exhibitions

    Location: Vernon, BC

    We are an artist run gallery seeking submissions from emerging artists for our..
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  • Beacon Original Art Fall Show & Sale

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Saturday October 19, 2019 from 10am - 4pm. Featuring more than 30 artists..
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  • Open Call:

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) is having an open exhibition for members..
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  • Open Call: All 10

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Calling all Canadian Artists! This is an open submission call for a lightly..
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  • Earth

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all Juried, Life, Student, Associate Members and..
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  • Reza Rezaï / Mehmoon

    Location: Calgary, AB

    TRUCK Contemporary Art is pleased to present Mehmoon by Reza Rezaï. Through the..
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  • Outside, In

    Location: Lethbridge, AB

    Opening reception September 28th 7-9pm for the Allied Art Council's Gallery Stroll! OUTSIDE,..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2019 Fall Online International Exhibition

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • “Motion” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline October 31, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Moving or being moved. Shifting, stirring, changing places. The rise and..
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  • Beaver Sheppard: Solo Exhibition

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Archive Contemporary presents a comprehensive solo exhibition of Beaver Sheppard’s artistic canon, for..
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  • ANCESTRAL MINDSCAPES

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Ancestral Mindscapes is an autobiographical collaboration using video, sound and photography to explore..
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  • Clay Tile Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Participants will be working with clay to hand-build tiles using a variety of..
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  • Edible and Medicinal Gardening Lecture

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Ukrainian settlers brought with them a wide range of traditional knowledge and practices,..
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  • Acrylic Painting for Beginners

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Do you want to create a bright & beautiful acrylic landscape in one..
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  • Willow Heart Weaving Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Willow Heart Weaving Workshop In this workshop, participants will learn how to trim and..
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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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  • Invisible by PAINTER8

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Please join us at PAINTER8, and other Edmonton art lovers alike, for the..
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  • 19th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour

    Location: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

    The 19th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour is an event you don’t want to..
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  • Wheat Centrepiece Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Join this class to learn how to make a didukh-style centrepiece that can..
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  • Radio Silence

    Location: Quebec city, QC

    Québec, August 19, 2019 – Folie/Culture invites all those who express themselves through..
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  • LOOK AGAIN!

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    LOOK AGAIN! PAINTINGS BY KATHLEEN SLAVIN AND GAIL PRPICK AT UNIVERSITY..
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  • Watercolour Workshop with Frank Townsley

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Sunday 22nd September 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM ..
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  • Figureworks 2019

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    Figureworks 2019 Call for Artists The call for submissions to the 10th annual juried..
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  • Quasi-Nature

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Archive Contemporary Art Gallery is pleased to present Quasi-Nature, a group exhibition curated..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2019 Fall Online International Exhibition

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Unsettling Nature

    Location: Toronto, ON

    An Exhibition at: The Garage Gallery Benmiller with Artists Jill Price, Leslie Putnam, Morag Webster..
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  • Through the Eyes of a Child

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    Artists Statement: Ed Flanagan My wife had a career as an elementary school..
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  • Exposition solo Lac-Mégantic

    Location: Lac-Mégantic, QC

    L'eau, une mine d'Art du 8 juillet au 8 septembre 2019..
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  • Sustainable Fashion Designer Looking for Studio Space in Mississauga

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Hi, I'm Amanda, I am an emerging fashion designer starting my business designing..
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  • 32 Points- 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace

    Location: Toronto, ON

    32 Points - 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace International Exhibition September 6-27, 2019 Cedar Ridge..
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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