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EP11 Ryosaku Kotaka

EP11 Ryosaku Kotaka
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EP11 Ryosaku Kotaka
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Less than € 5.000
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Reference
9000-112
Height
25.00 cm / 10 in
Width
53.00 cm / 21 in

Rysoaku Kotaka

Unlike his other smaller works, this painting shows similarities to Kotaka's larger work in that it captures calm, fluid ink wash tones. This painting quite beautifully demonstrates the mastery involved in suminagshi technique and here particularly the translucent colours layered and built one upon the other.

The Suminagashi works by Japanese artist Ryosaku Kotaka combine ancient Chinese and Japanese painting philosophy with imaginative contemporary. Suminagashi, (pronounced, ‘sue-me-NAH-gah-she’) is the name given to the ancient Japanese technique of decorating paper with ink.

Suminagashi is a technique which was practiced in Japan as early as the 12th century and literally translated means ‘ink-floating,’. The process is as follows: ink is carefully dropped on to still water and blown across the surface to create delicate patterns. Once finished, paper is lowered onto the water’s surface and absorbs the ink.

Kotaka produces his work upon ‘Washi’ (Japanese paper) made by himself. By beginning with collecting Kozo, (Mulberry wood), stripping and draining its fibers, to drying and pressing them, he produces a thin tissue paper able to accurately absorb ink from the water’s surface .