Hanami 2: dripping amethyst stones and sepia oil paint in a desolate landscape: tsunami during the cherry blossom season.
In 1985-1986 I spent six months in Japan. This experience has been like planting a seed in my further development.
The way Japanese people deal with the topic “nature-culture” had a big impact on me. The series “Hanami” (2011-2014) is inspired by the ritual of viewing and appreciating the cherry blossom. Those works are made of oil paint and self-made sepia paint on jute.
“Hanami” (“the feast of the contemplation of cherry blossom”) is a traditional season feast in Japan. The tsunami took place while I was working on “Hanami 1” in 2011 (Private collection France).
In “Hanami 2” no one is celebrating. “Hanami 2” looks like a desolate landscape. Sepia paint and amethyst stones are dripping on the canvas. The flat blue surfaces refer to the blue plastic tablecloth that one mostly uses in parks during this feast.
This powerful painting is H 110 x W 110 cm, the texture is pasty, it’s both dark and coloured, geometric and organic, it’s gay and dramatic at the same time. It will suit every home or office space beautifully.
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