Art is a microcosm which traverses a broad scope of academic studies. Artists are seekers to reveal its multifaceted meaning through their artworks.
Wordsworth, Rawnsley and Lake District
→ Spring ~ Summer 2021
Although it has been overshadowed by the COVID-19 crisis, 2020 is an important year for the English Lake District. It is the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth's birth and the centenary of Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley's death. The former is the well-known Romantic Poet Laureate, and the latter an Anglican priest and one of the founders of the National Trust. They are the ones championed the conservation of natural beauty of the Lake District and beyond. For celebrating this commemorative year, I set about the new art project "Wordsworth, Rawnsley and Lake District" awarded the Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund.
Wordsworth and Bashō: Walking Poets
Itami City Art Museum Kakimori Bunko (Hyogo, Japan)
→ 17th September ~ 3rd November 2016
The curated exhibition "Wordsworth and Bashō: Walking Poets" was held at the Itami City Art Museum Kakimori Bunko (Hyogo, Japan). The exhibition assembled some of the original manuscripts of national poets: William Wordsworth in England and Matsuo Basho in Japan, alongside artworks created by over 20 contemporary artists from UK and Japan. Kakimori Bunko is a museum-library for the Kakimori Collection, one of the world's three major collections of haiku poetry and painting including original manuscripts of Matsuo Basho.
The Way I See
Sugar Store Gallery, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
→ 19th July ~ 27th September 2013
Japan House Gallery, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London
→ 24th October ~ 13th December 2013
In this project, I, as a Japanese artist living and working in the English Lake District, attempted to produce a series of conceptual portraits with a personal artistic approach to communication on the subject of the Lake District. This project "The Way I See" was supported by Arts Council England, held at the Sugar Store Gallery, Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal) and toured to the Japan House Gallery, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation (London).
Conversation with Ruskin
A Celebration for the Bicentenary of John Ruskin's Birth
Blue Gallery, Brantwood, Coniston
→ 8th August ~ 17rd November 2019
The Ruskin, Lancaster University, Lancaster
→ 23rd January ~ 28th February 2020
2019 is the 200th anniversary of John Ruskin’s birth. An artist, art critique, writer, social thinker, the Oxford professor, to name but a few, Ruskin led the Gothic Revival, provided the ideological foundation for the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement. He was one of the most influential figures in Victorian England. This project "Conversation with Ruskin" was organized at the Brantwood in Coniston, where Ruskin chose to live in his later years, and The Ruskin in Lancaster University, the academic centre of Ruskin, supported by Arts Council England.
A Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Publication of William Wordsworth's 'Daffodil' Poem
Rydal Mount, Ambleside
→ 11th April ~ 31th August 2015
2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication at Rydal Mount of the final version of Wordsworth’s poem “I wandered lonely as a cloud” (also known as “Daffodils”). This project "I Wandered" has been conceived in order to take an artistic approach that crosses the boundaries of time and nationality to link between the pre-modernist Wordsworth and myself as a Japanese artist based in and working out of the postmodern Lake District, taking a contemporary interpretation of the love of nature felt by Wordsworth.
Rydal Mount, Ambleside
→ 4th November ~ 28th November 2005
This project "Natural Poetry" was organized as the art collaboration with a contemporary poet Gary Boswell and a young cellist Yoshika Masuda in 2005 at Rydal Mount, where the Poet Laureate William Wordsworth once lived for 37 years. Through this project I attempted to trace Wordsworth’s visual fragmentary memories, deep emotion in his dairy life through the inspiration by the beauty of the Lakeland, and interpreting it in my own visual language. This is, however, the first series of my original brush hatching technique with Japanese sumi ink & acrylic.