Tazuko Fuji – Oil Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture
Dates: May 15- June 2, 2012
Reception: Thursday, May 17th, 5-7p.m.
Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is extremely proud to present the 12th solo exhibition of Tazuko Fujii in its new space at 548 W 28th Street. Her exhibition of Oil Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture extends from May 15th to June 2nd, with an opening reception Thursday, May 17th, 5-7p.m.
The noted Japanese artist Tazuko Fujii has been exhibiting her art for 60 years and yet the art she creates remains always in touch with both the spirits of these times and the spirits of the past. Her artistic career began with the study of KANA, the Japanese phonetic alphabet originating in China in the Kan Era. Tazuko Fujii has incorporated this beautifully executed form of brush writing into her drawings, paintings, collages and sculpture as well as in the artistry of her letters to friends and family.
May is the perfect month to see an exhibition of Tazuko Fujii’s art for her work evokes the spiritual beauty of nature that Sakura or the cherry blossom symbolizes in Japan. The abstract imagery of Tazuko Fujii’s fine art, composed of a wide variety of handmade Japanese papers, inks and kimono fabrics, create a swirling world of the past, present & future, echoed in the Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan. The artist believes there is a symbiotic relationship between all things, that everything contains the souls of the deceased and that all in nature must be honored.
Though Tazuko Fujii’s early paintings were influenced by contemporary American art, the roots of her exquisite black-based abstractions arise out of Japan. Akin to the collage drawings and paintings that Tazuko has created over the years are the resin sculptures the artist has made for the past 25 years in which she embeds ceremonial paper strings, hand-made papers and other materials. Her profound internal thinking which encompasses modern and classical literature, philosophy and religion has been cultivated over many years, deepening the complexity of her art.
Tazuko Fujii’s art has won numerous prizes including the Mayor Prize in the Hokuriku Modern Art Exhibit in Kanazawa City, Japan and the Mainichi Newspaper Company Prize in the Women Artists Association of Japan Annual Exhibition. Her art is in the collections of the Ishikawa Prefectual Museum of Art in Japan, the Georgia University Collection in Atlanta and the Manhattan Laboratory Museum in NYC, among others.
We hope that you will be able to meet this outstanding artist and share her view of life through the vision of her incredibly fascinating artworks.